(THUNDER BAY, ON) – The Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) received a 911 call which reported a woman was in a snowbank and being beaten by a male. Officers were dispatched and located the woman. She had a goose-egg on her head along with a bloodied face and nostrils.
An investigation was conducted which lead officers to a room at the Modern Motel where a 40-year-old Lance Anderson of Kasabonika First Nation was arrested, charged, and held in police custody at the Balmoral Street TBPS station pending a court case. Further investigation revealed that another woman was assaulted in the motel room.
Anderson appeared in court this morning via video link from the TBPS Balmoral Street station while in police custody. Justice of the Peace Denette Ellard was presiding along with Crown Attorney Katrina “Lock ’em UP!” VanKessel. The accused was assisted through the court appearance by the sharp-witted criminal defence lawyer David Young.
Police laid the following charges on Anderson which stem from the December 19th, 2019 incident:
- Assault causing bodily harm (on a woman).
- Assault (on a woman).
The Crown states that Anderson doesn’t have a criminal record and recommends he be released with no monetary commitment or surety required. His release order has the following conditions attached to it:
- Not to contact three people (One witness, two alleged victims).
- Not to be within 50 meters of those three people.
- Not to possess any weapons as defined by the Criminal Code of Canada.
Court hears that Anderson is headed back to Kasabonika Lake First Nation later today. David Young requests the matter come back to court in Thunder Bay on January 21st, 2020. Young tells Anderson to ensure he gets legal aid setup with him before that date otherwise he will have to appear in court himself. Further, young reminds him that he can still choose another lawyer if he so desires.
Anderson is released from police custody and is ordered to return to court on January 21st, 2020.