Fearful Woman Sends Text for Help After Punched in Ribs


(POPLAR HILL, ON) – On November 8th, 2019 around 4:48 pm a 911 call was made by the sister of the alleged victim in the matter below. The woman told the 911 operator that her sister was being assaulted and texted her for help.

Police arrived at the home of the woman who was seeking help and found her in a bedroom. The woman told police that she had been punched in the ribs by 32-year-old Leon Strang. Officers arrested Strang and detained him pending a court appearance.


Strang appeared in a Thunder Bay courtroom this morning via telephone call from the Poplar Hill police station. Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman was presiding along with Crown Attorney Manon Arbour and a duty counsel lawyer.

The Crown tells the courts that Strang has previous convictions and police interactions which involve the alleged victim. Some of those convictions include “possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose” and a number of assaults. Even tho, the Crown still consents to Strang’s release on the following conditions:

  • Reside with his father, who lives on the other side of the First Nation.
  • Not to contact his alleged victim.
  • Keep 25 meters away from anywhere the victim lives, works, goes to school or frequents.
  • Not to possess any weapons.
  • Not to consume or possess any alcohol.

Once the Crown consents to someones release, and the defence agrees to the conditions, it is very rare for a Justice of the Peace to be able to interject in the decision. His Worship, Justice of the Peace Bruce Leaman grants the request and orders Strang to be released. He is scheduled to return to court on December 16th, 2019.


If you know someone who is a victim of domestic violence, encourage them to speak out and get help.



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