(FORT HOPE, ON) – Officers with the Nishnawbe Aski Police Service have been investigating an incident where it is alleged a man shot a 12 gauge shotgun off at a woman with an intent to harm her. Hardworking officers have made an arrest following an investigation.
As a result of police investigation, a 24-year-old Solomon Yellowhead has been arrested and charged with the following criminal code charges:
- Use a firearm in a careless manner (12 gauge shotgun) x4.
- Point a firearm at a woman (12 gauge shotgun).
- Carry a weapon for a purpose dangerous to the public peace (12 gauge shotgun).
- Possess a firearm without being the holder of a license.
- Discharge a firearm with intent to wound (a woman).
Yellowhead appeared in a Thunder Bay Courthouse (A.K.A. “The In and Out Day Spa”) courtroom this morning via telephone call while in police custody at the Fort Hope NAPS detachment. He appeared in front of Her Worship, Justice of the Peace Jennifer Neill as well as Crown Attorney Katrina “Lock Them Up!” Van Kessel and experienced duty counsel lawyer Stella Vallelongo.
The Crown tells the court that Yellowhead is in a Crown-onus situation, meaning that the Crown will have to show the courts why Yellowhead should remain in jail. Further, the Crown tells the court that they intend to show cause as to why Yellowhead should remain in jail and cites concerns regarding his release on all three grounds. Court hears from the Crown that these are very serious offences that are being alleged. A request is put forth that Yellowhead be court-ordered not to contact two people while in jail.
The three grounds of concern that the Crown states from are as follow:
Primary grounds: This means that the Crown believes it is unlikely that the accused will return for court to deal with the matters.
Secondary grounds: This means that the Crown believes that the accused, should they be released, may either become a public safety concern, re-offend, or both.
Tertiary grounds: This one means that the Crown believes that should the accused be released from jail, it may hinder the public’s confidence in the administration of justice.
Duty counsel requests that Yellowheads matter return in court tomorrow, likely to have time to craft a bail plan and so that Yellowhead has time to contact their lawyer. The Justice of the Peace orders Yellowhead to remain in jail until at least tomorrow, when he will have another swing at getting released from jail.
He will be transported to the overcrowded and understaffed Thunder Bay District Jail (A.K.A. “The Algoma Bed & Breakfast”) where he will likely remain until he is inevitably released from jail.