THUNDER BAY – Police were busy overnight. Warm summer weather seems to bring out the best in some people, and the worst in others. Police responded to over 200 calls for service over the past twenty-four hours.
Sources also report to NetNewsLedger, that two individuals in an egging incident reported on Saturday night have turned themselves into Thunder Bay Police. The situation has the full attention of the department.
In Thunder Bay the practice of people egging, throwing beer bottles or cans, or spoons has gone on for a long time.
The police alone can’t solve the problem – People can submit an anonymous tip if they know the individuals involved through the Crime Stoppers website: www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=273
Topping the police blotter over the past twenty-four hours were ‘Quality of Life’ calls with 43 incidents that required police. That included seven disorders, and one drug incident. The rest were alcohol related calls.
There were also five assaults, one sexual assault, and four weapons offences handled by police.
The efforts of people in the city to step up and engage with police will make a difference.
It is difficult for some, especially some of the Aboriginal people in Thunder Bay, perhaps to believe that the Thunder Bay Police Service want to solve these assaults.
265. (1) A person commits an assault when
(a) without the consent of another person, he applies force intentionally to that other person, directly or indirectly;
(b) he attempts or threatens, by an act or a gesture, to apply force to another person, if he has, or causes that other person to believe on reasonable grounds that he has, present ability to effect his purpose; or
(c) while openly wearing or carrying a weapon or an imitation thereof, he accosts or impedes another person or begs.
(2) This section applies to all forms of assault, including sexual assault, sexual assault with a weapon, threats to a third party or causing bodily harm and aggravated sexual assault.
(3) For the purposes of this section, no consent is obtained where the complainant submits or does not resist by reason of
(a) the application of force to the complainant or to a person other than the complainant;
(b) threats or fear of the application of force to the complainant or to a person other than the complainant;
(c) fraud; or
(d) the exercise of authority.
Accused’s belief as to consent
(4) Where an accused alleges that he believed that the complainant consented to the conduct that is the subject-matter of the charge, a judge, if satisfied that there is sufficient evidence and that, if believed by the jury, the evidence would constitute a defence, shall instruct the jury, when reviewing all the evidence relating to the determination of the honesty of the accused’s belief, to consider the presence or absence of reasonable grounds for that belief.