Picton Assault Causing Bodily Harm Charge and a Breach


(THUNDER BAY, ON) – The Picton Ave area seems to be a source of many criminal charges this year, and yesterday was no different. A male who was court ordered not to attend an address on Picton Ave was located at that address and charged.

18-year-old Matthew Ostberg appeared in a Thunder Bay bail court this morning before Her Worship, Zelda Kitchkeesic, along with a Crown Attorney and duty counsel lawyer Andrew Desmoulin. He appeared by video while in custody at the Thunder Bay Police Service station located at 1200 Balmoral.

Ostberg was charged earlier this year with an Assault Causing Bodily Harm charge stemming from an incident in the 70 block of Picton Ave on December 1, 2018. He was granted bail after the incident and was court ordered not to attend at that address. Thunder Bay Police Service officers arrested him on December 17th, 2018 and have charged him with:

  • Breaching bail condition (Do not attend an address on Picton Ave)

The Crown has stated that this is a reverse-onus situation and that they are not consenting to the release of Ostberg today. A release would be considered if the John Howard Society or other supervision-based bail plan were to be put forward.

Duty counsel lawyer Andrew Desmoulin tells the court that he will put in a referral to the John Howard Society on behalf of Ostberg. He puts a request forward for the matter to be scheduled for tomorrow in order for the accused to make contact with the John Howard Society and legal counsel.

Justice of the Peace Zelda Kitchekeesic orders Ostberg to remain in jail until at least his scheduled court date tomorrow, where he will have another chance at being released. Ostberg is escorted back to his jail cell at Hotel Balmoral, where he will wait to be transported to the Thunder Bay District Jail.