Woman Assaulted Twice, Arm “Snapped”, Prowling at Night

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(SANDY LAKE FIRST NATION, ON) – On November 9th, 2019, Hardworking officers with the Sandy Lake detachment of the Nishnawbe Aski Police Service were dispatched to investigate an assault that had taken place in which a woman is alleged to be the victim. The suspect arrived at a woman’s residence and an argument unfolded during which the suspect would not let the woman leave. She managed to flee and got into her vehicle at which point the male suspect entered the vehicle as well and struck her in the face with the back of his hand.

Upon investigation, officers uncovered that the woman was also the victim of an assault that took place on October 22nd, 2018 in which her arm was injured.

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Allegations are that a man grabbed her arm with such force, that when she tried to pull away, her arm “snapped” in his grasp. Further, the same man was out lurking around her home on November 8th, 2019. The alleged victim said that she heard noises outside her home overnight and when she went to check out what was going on, she located her ex-lover prowling at night. She says she smelt a strong odour of alcohol emanating from him.

The outcome of the police investigation has lead to the arrest of 44-year-old Carlson Kakegamic. He appeared in a Thunder Bay courtroom this morning via telephone call from the NAPS detachment in Sandy Lake First Nation.

His Worship, Justice of the Peace Marcel Donio was presiding over court this morning along with Crown Attorney Derrick “The Hammer” Silvestro and a duty counsel lawyer. Kakegamic is facing the following criminal charges:

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  • Assault.
  • Assault causing bodily harm.
  • Loitering / prowling at night.

The Crown states that Kakegamic has found himself in a Crown-onus situation which means that the burden falls on the Crown to show the courts why he should remain in jail. A recommendation of release is put forth by the Crown under a $400 non-deposit, no-surety recognizance bail plan with the following conditions:

  • No contact with the alleged victim.
  • Not to be within 50 meters of anywhere the alleged victim lives, works, goes to school or otherwise frequents.
  • Reside with his mother on Ghost Point Road.
  • Not to possess any weapons.
  • Not to possess or consume any alcohol or intoxicating substances banned under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act without a medical prescription.
  • Remain in his residence between the hours of 9:00 pm until 7:00 pm.

His Worship, Justice of the Peace Marcel Donio flexes his authority and imposes an additional condition that orders Kakegamic to present himself at the door when requested to do so by police. “That means that at 9:15 if they come and check you have to come to the door. You cannot tell whoever to tell them I’m sleeping. You have to answer. Thank you.” Justice of the Peace Marcel Donio said.

Duty counsel advocates for Kakegamic and says that he does not work and indicates that $400 may be a barrier for his release, should he breach his bail conditions. Court hears that Kakegamic is either on Ontario Works (welfare) or is about to be. Duy counsel presses for the dollar amount to be lowered to $200. Further, duty counsel presses the court to consider allowing Kakegamic weapons for the purpose of sustenance hunting, as he says he feeds himself by hunting birds.

Justice of the Peace Marcel Donio decides to adjust the bail amount to $250 and orders him to surrender his PAL license and weapons, including guns, to the NAPS detachment in Sandy Lake First Nation. the Justice of the Peace further tells Kakegamic that he will have to request his firearms back when he wants to go hunting and return them immediately after he is done hunting.

Kakegamic is granted release from police custody today and has a future court date in Sandy Lake First Nation on February 3, 2020 where he will begin answering to the charges.

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