(THUNDER BAY, ON) – An incident unfolded in the city yesterday, Thursday November 28th, 2019. Allegations involve a man assaulting a woman with a knife, attempting to render her unconscious by choking her, confining her and threatening to kill her.
City police were called and responded to the scene. Officers conducted an investigation and as a result of that investigation a 45-year-old Richard Donald McNeill has been arrested and held at the police station pending a court appearance.
This morning, in a Thunder Bay courthouse courtroom, McNeill appeared for court via video link from the Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) station. Justice of the Peace Ray Zuiliani was presiding along with Crown Attorney Emily Delaney and star studded duty counsel lawyer Aranka Golphy.
McNeill is facing the following criminal charges stemming from the November 28th, 2019 incident:
- Assault (on a woman).
- Assault with a weapon (knife).
- Attempting to render unconscious by choking with hands.
- Uttering threats to cause death.
- Forcible confinement.
- Breaching bail conditions (no weapons).
McNeill was already out on bail for a July 4th incident in which he was charged with assault.
Court doesn’t grant McNeill release from custody today. Through duty counsel, he sets his next court date for Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 for a bail hearing.
McNeill is headed off to the overcrowded and understaffed Thunder Bay District Jail, where he will likely remain until his inevitable release back into the public.