(THUNDER BAY, ON) – On June 9th, 2019, the LCBO located in the Thunder Centre, fell victim to a needle-point robbery. Officers responded to the scene and immediately conducted an investigation.
A a result of that investigation, officers arrested 31-year-old Samantha Bennett-Dolph and charged her with the robbery. She was released with a future court date. When her future court date came and went, she is alleged to have failed to appear in court. She was arrested for that and then allegedly missed another court date on October 8th, 2019. A warrant for her arrest was issued that day by the sitting Justice (judge).
Yesterday, Friday, November 29th, 2019, Bennett-Dolph was located and the warrant for her arrest was executed. She appeared in a Thunder Bay courtroom this morning via video link from the Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) station located at 1200 Balmoral Street.
Presiding over court this morning is the detail-focused Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman, along with Crown Attorney Derrick “The HAMMER” Silvestro and two very clever duty counsel lawyers, Emily Morris and Brennan Sacevich. Bennett-Dolph is facing the following charges:
- Robbery (Needle-point LCBO heist).
- Failing to appear in court x2.
The Crown smashes Bennett-Dolph’s dream of being released today with The HAMMER! He tells the court that Bennett-Dolph is in a reverse-onus situation and they intend to put her to that onus! A reverse-onus situation means that Bennett-Dolph will have to convince the courts why she should be released.
Duty counsel requests that the matter return to court on Monday. The time between now and then is expected to be used crafting a bail plan which might convince the courts that Bennett-Dolph is good to release.
Bennett-Dolph is going to spend the next couple nights at the Thunder Bay Correctional Centre before her possible release on Monday.