Just over a week ago, in a now infamous video, a senior women was brutally knocked to the ground on Queen Street by a male intent on robbing her.
The individual who did it was later arrested and charged with robbery. A few days later he was charged with two additional incidents from earlier in the day.
Out of a fear of retaliation, as well as not wishing to interfere with the ongoing investigation and court process, SaultOnline has given the victim and family anonymity.
“She was definitely a random target. The biggest piss off is that this known repeat offender is dangerous and yet still roaming the streets. Negligence is putting people at risk. There’s a chain of responsibility that’s broken and allowing people like him to run loose,” said the former daughter-in-law of the victim.
The catch and release issues have been highlighted before. Back in December we caught up with Sault Ste. Marie Police Chief, Hugh Stevenson. He was bringing all of this to the attention of council where he was asked to explain the issues.
“The reality of policing today is that when you have a Bill C-75. That gives you circular justice, when there’s a lack of deterrence in the criminal justice system. When there’s no long-term treatment, what it means is very simply, we end up dealing with the same person four, five up to 33 times on recall.”
The victim’s son is beyond frustrated with the system. In the case related to his mother, he can’t understand what is going on.
“He’s out and probably won’t have a court date until this COVID is over. He has a lot of priors so he will do some time. There is nothing we can do about it, that is how everything is being done now because of the pandemic,” he said when asked about the status of the case. “Everything is catch and release, we were given no info at all about what his plea was, who the judge is that released him, none of the release conditions and zero court date set. Beyond pissed off would be an understatement.”
They understand it is not an issue with police and that it goes much deeper than that.
According to the daughter-in-law, the community rallied to collect gifts and cards for the victim which were delivered this past weekend.
“She was totally blown away and speechless, she has no idea why so many people care about her and are making a fuss over what happened,” she said. “We told her the community is concerned about her and everyone else being affected by the unchecked violence in the Soo.”
According to family, the victim is healing well. If you have any further information about the case, you are encouraged to contact Sault Police Services or Crime Stoppers.