A publication ban was put in place after a request was made by the duty counsel.
Kelly Weeks is the Algoma Crown Attorney, she wasn’t in the courtroom today but was able to share more information.
“My understanding is that it was imposed upon the request of duty counsel who was speaking for the accused person under Section 517 of the Criminal Code,” said Weeks.
“It’s not unusual in cases like this, to have a publication ban imposed, they’re often imposed to ensure the integrity of the process and to protect interest in the administration of justice, like the integrity of ongoing police investigations, and in protecting the investigation as a whole and then the prosecution.”
Weeks says these bans usually stay in place throughout the whole process.
The ban makes sharing anything from the court in relation to the name of the accused, victims or specifics of the case illegal for us to share.