(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Appearing in court this afternoon was 31-year-old Chad Waisanen. He’s here today to plead guilty to charges of criminal harassment, breaching bail conditions and breaching probation.
His Honour, Justice Frank Valente was presiding along with Crown Attorney Katrina “Lock ’em Up” Van Kessel and the extremely sharp criminal defence lawyer Patricia Vo.
The Crown starts to read in the agreed statement of facts. Court hears that on May 2nd, 2019 a probation order was made that prohibited Waisanen from having any contact with a certain ex-lover.We will refer to the woman as “Brittney” from now on for ease of reading.
On October 26th 2019 at approximately 12:36 pm officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service interviewed the Brittney, who Waisanen was not supposed to be in contact with. The woman advised that she had been in an on-again off-again relationship with Waisanen since April 2019. They have no children.
Brittney claims that throughout the relationship, there had been issues. On October 23rd, 2019, at approximately 2:40 pm Waisanen had entered Brittney’s home after being gone for several days. An argument escalated and she tried to end the relationship but Waisanen refused. The woman then attempted to flee to a woman’s shelter. Waisanen followed the woman, becoming confrontational with Brittney and staff. A TBPS officer arrived and cautioned Waisanen not to contact the woman again.
Being concerned that Waisanen would return, she fled home briefly to get some items, collect the essentials. When she entered her home, the phone was “ringing off the hook”. She answered the phone and it was Waisanen on the line. Waisanen was ranting about how she called the police and stated “YOU BETTER LET ME BACK IN OR I’LL BURY YOU”.
At this point, the woman ended the phone call and started to make arrangements to leave town so she could get away from Waisanen.
In court, Waisanen’s lawyer stated that Waisanen has issues with alcohol and that he was working on getting sober. She says that when Waisanen threatened Brittney over the phone, it was because he was standing outside of the Shelter House and had no where to go. Further, court hears that Waisanen has went to cross roads and will be going again.
Further, Waisanen was released on bail on August 3, 2018. He was released and ordered to live at the John Howard Society bail supervision program. He had a curfew listed as well. On January 3rd, 2019 the case manager at the bail supervision program reported to police that Waisanen had returned home at 4:00 am on December 31st, 2018 and then at 12:20 am on January 2nd, 2019. This amounted to one breach of his bail conditions.
Court hears that Waisanen has a “horrifically long criminal record” that’s “measured in pages” which includes breaking court orders, assaults and more.
A joint submission is put forth for the Judge’s consideration which would see Waisanen serve 45 days in jail in total for his three charges he has plead guilty to today. He would get 45 days for the criminal harassment charge, 15 days for the breach of bail conditions and 15 days for the breach of probation. All three sentencing lengths would be served “concurrently” as opposed to “consecutively” meaning that he will only do 45 days instead of 75 days. That would be followed up by 12 months of probation with the following conditions:
- Not to contact Brittney or her children.
- Keep 100 meters away from Brittney and her children.
- Report to probation as required.
- Attend counseling for domestic violence (PAR Program).
- 10 year weapons ban.
- Submit his DNA to the national DNA database.
Waisanen has been in jail for 23 real day, which gets enhanced to 35 days due to the deplorable conditions at the Thunder Bay District Jail. This means that should the Judge accept the joint submission, he will be out in 10 days tops.
Court hears a little bit about Waisanen. His lawyer tells the court that he is enrolled in the Civil Engineering and Tech course at Confederation College. He was a heavy equipment operator before that. Waisanen, through his lawyer, acknowledges that his actions were inappropriate.
Justice Frank Valente accepts the joint submission and orders Waisanen to serve his final tens days at the Thunder Bay District Jail.
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