(PIKANGIKUM, ON) – On November 23rd, 2019, officers with the Pikangikum First Nation detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a call for service which involved a male that had been stabbed 3 times. A 4 month old infant was possibly present during the altercation.
Upon the arrival of officers, an investigation was conducted and a 31-year-old Antonia Dunford was arrested and charged.
Dunford was held in police custody pending her court appearance which took place in Thunder Bay this morning via telephone call. Justice of the Peace Anna Gibbons was presiding along with Crown Attorney Manon Arbour and duty counsel lawyer Aranka Golphy. Dunford was charged with:
- Aggravated assault.
The Crown is not consenting to Dunford’s release today. Duty counsel initially requested that Dunford appear in a Kenora courtroom on Monday for another chance to get bail. An OPP officer at the Pikangikum detachment informs the court that due to weather conditions, there is no flight available today from Pikangikum to Kenora and requests the matter be put to Tuesday instead. The request is granted.
Duty counsel informs the court that Dunford is breastfeeding and is concerned about that. Justice of the Peace Anna Gibbons asks the OPP in Pikangikum if they can facilitate Dunford being brought to the medical centre in Pikangikum to arrest breast milk for her child before she is flown out. The OPP indicate that they will do that.
Dunford will be flown out of Pikangikum on Monday and is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.