(THUNDER BAY, ON) – On September 27th, 2019 officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) linked 31-year-old James Tyler Hubbard to a stolen laptop and iPod. He was charged and is dealing with those allegations in court. He was released on a promise to appear by police.
Allegations are that he then failed to appear in court on October 5th, 2019 and a warrant was issued for his arrest at 2:25 pm that day. On January 4th, 2020 officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) investigated a stolen cheque and tied it to Hubbard. Once again, police caught up with Hubbard and made the arrest the day after.
Police did not release him on a promise to appear this time, instead, they held him pending a morning court appearance. He appeared in court on Monday, January 6th, 2020 in front of Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman, Crown Attorney Rob Kozak and criminal defence lawyer Brennen Sacevich who was working the duty counsel desk that morning.
Hubbard is facing the following charges:
- Possession of a stolen cheque (January 4th, 2020).
- Possession of a stolen laptop and a stolen iPod.
Crown Attorney Kozak tells the court that Hubbard is in a Crown-onus situation but he is opposing the release of Hubbard and intends to show the courts why the accused should remain in jail. Primary and secondary ground concerns are cited as reasons for not consenting to Hubbard’s release today. Further, the court hears that although Hubbard is not facing a failure to appear in court charge at the moment, that charge is likely to be laid in the near future.
Primary ground concerns indicate that the Crown believes the likelihood of the accused to return to court is low, should they be released. Secondary ground concerns mean that the Crown believes there is a substantial likelihood for the accused to either re-offend, become a public safety concern, interfere in the administration of justice, or any combination of those, should they be released.
Duty counsel has instructions from Hubbard to request a remand until Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 for the matter to be addressed again. Hubbard is ordered to remain in jail and the remand date is granted. He is going to be transported to the Thunder Bay District Jail where he is likely to remain until at least his court date on Wednesday.