(SUMMER BEAVER, ON) – A home invasion typically means that a person broke into a home while someone was in the home and then committed a criminal offence, most often with violence.
Allegations are that 19-year-old Eric Dwayne Nishnapaise broke into a residence on the First Nation of Summer Beaver on January 23rd, 2020. While in the home, he is alleged to have committed robbery and used a substantial amount of violence during the incident. He was already out on bail for outstanding charges and was put on a probation order near the end of November 2019.
Nishnapaise appeared in a Thunder Bay Courthouse courtroom this morning via telephone call while in the custody of the Nishnawbe Aski Police Service. Justice of the Peace Ray Zuiliani was present along with Crown Attorney Katrina VanKessel and skilled criminal defence lawyer Emily Morris who was filling the role of duty counsel. Mr. Budd, a law student, was present on behalf of expert criminal defence lawyer David Pierce.
Nishnapaise is facing the following criminal charges:
- Breaching bail conditions.
- Robbery with violence.
- Breach and enter with intent to commit an indictable offence.
- Breaching a probation order made on November 28th, 2019.
Nishnapaise did have an outstanding assault charge but it was recently disposed of. He is still going through court for a failure to comply with a court order. The Crown does not consent to Nishnapaise’s release today and puts a request forward which would prohibit him from contacting a number of people while he is in jail.
Budd requests the matter to return to court on Monday. Both requests are granted and Nishnapaise is held in jail until at least his Monday court date.