(LAC SEUL, ON) – Allegations are that a man was criminally convicted for abusing a woman and placed on a probation order which provided protective measures to keep the woman safe. The probation conditions were to not contact the woman and to stay 25 meters away from her.
The man was also recently arrested for further abuse towards the woman and placed on similar bail conditions to stay away and not contact that same woman.
On October 13th, 2019 allegations are that in the First Nation of Lac Seul, a 23-year-old Victor Mekanak damaged a door and assaulted that same woman. Hard working officers made an arrest and held Mekanak in a holding cell pending a court appearance this morning.
Mekanak appeared in a Thunder Bay Courthouse courtroom this morning via telephone call while in police custody at the Sioux Lookout detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police. His Worship, Justice of the Peace Marcel Donio was presiding along with Crown Attorney Rob Kozak and criminal defence lawyer Emily Morris performing the role of duty counsel.
New charges that Mekanak is facing stemming from the October 13th, 2019 incident are:
- Assault (on a woman).
- Mischief causing damage under $5000 (door).
- Breaching probation order (keep the peace and be of good behaviour).
- Breaching bail conditions (reside with a certain person).
- Breaching bail conditions (not to contact the alleged victim).
- Breaching bail conditions (not to be within 25 meters of anywhere the alleged victim is).
- Breaching probation made on June 25th, 2019 (no contact with the victim)
- Breaching probation order made on June 25th, 2019 (not to be with 25 meters of wherever the victim may be).
Mekanak is still working through some criminal charges that are alleged to have happened earlier this year. Those charges are:
- Breaching probation order.
- Breaching court order.
The Crown presses that Mekanak is in a reverse-onus situation, meaning he will have to show the courts why he should be released. Further, the Crown cites secondary ground concerns as issues regarding releasing Mekanak and stresses that they are opposed to Mekanak’s release from jail. A request is put forth that would prohibit Mekanak from contacting or communicating with his victim while in jail.
Duty counsel tells the court that she has spoken with Mekanak and that his counsel of choice is the talented Franis Thatcher. Further, court hears that Mekanak would like the matter to return to court on Wednesday so that he has time to contact his counsel and prepare a bail plan.
Mekanak is ordered to remain in jail for the time being and will be shipped off to the Kenora District Jail, where he will likely remain until at least his appearance on Wednesday, when he will have another shot at bail.