(GERALDTON, ON) – On October 16th, 2019, officers with the Greenstone detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police received reports that a man had just smashed out some windows in a woman’s apartment, damaged some chairs and smashed out some windows on her vehicle all while assaulting her and then fleeing the scene. The woman was smashed into a kitchen table.
Police responded quickly and managed to arrest a 47-year-old Gerald Louis Kwandibens and charged him with mischief and assault. He was released on conditions not to attend her home or to contact her.
On November 8th, 2019, Officers once again responded to the woman’s apartment on reports that a domestic disturbance was once again occurring in the home. Upon arrival, police located Kwandibens in the unit and detained him. He was charged with two counts of breaching his bail conditions, one for contacting the woman and one for being in her unit.
Kwandibens appeared in a Thunder Bay courtroom this morning via video link from the Greenstone OPP detachment. Justice of the Peace Bruce Leamn was presiding along with Crown Attorney Manon Arbour and a duty counsel lawyer.
Kwandibens is granted release from police custody under a non-deposit, no-surety $500 recognizance bail plan with the following conditions:
- Reside at his home on Northwest Street in Geraldton.
- No contact with the alleged victim.
- Stay 50 meters away from the alleged victim.
- Stay 50 meters away from the alleged victims home.
- No weapons.
- No alcohol.
- Not to attend anywhere, where the principle purpose of which is the dispensing of alcoholic beverages.
Sources indicate that Kwandibens is employed at the Thunderbird Friendship Centre. He is granted his release from police custody and is ordered to return to court at a future date in Geraldton.