(THUNDER BAY, ON) – On November 22nd, 2019, officers with the overworked Pikangikum detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a call for service regarding a woman being assaulted by a male who was court ordered not to communicate with her.
An investigation was started and as a result, Ralph Turtle was arrested and held in police custody pending a court appearance. He appeared in a Thunder Bay courtroom this morning via telephone call from the Pikangikum OPP detachment.
Her Worship, Justice of the Peace Anna Gibbons was presiding along with Crown Attorney Tamara Fairchild and duty counsel lawyer Robert Atatise. Turtle is facing the following charges:
- Breaching a probation order made on April 26th, 2019 (not to communicate the same woman he is alleged to have now assaulted).
Turtle has a lengthy and related criminal record. His most recent conviction was on November 13th, 2019 for an assault and an assault with a weapon. He is denied bail today and will remain in jail at least for a while.
His next court date is scheduled in Kenora on Tuesday. He is going to be flown out of Pikangikum and sent to the Kenora District Jail where he is likely to remain until his inevitable release from jail.