Hoskins de­nied bail

For­tune man fac­ing as­sault charges af­ter week­end al­ter­ca­tion

The Southern Gazette - - Front Page - BY COLIN FARRELL

A For­tune man fac­ing as­sault charges stem­ming from an al­leged al­ter­ca­tion last week­end has been de­nied bail.

An­thony Hoskins ,19, is fac­ing charges of ag­gra­vated as­sault and as­sault with a weapon fol­low­ing an al­leged al­ter­ca­tion with another man early Sun­day morn­ing in For­tune.

The other man, who is 18 years old, was hos­pi­tal­ized with se­ri­ous but non-life-threat­en­ing in­juries as a re­sult.

Hoskins ap­peared be­fore Judge Harold Porter in provin­cial court in Grand Bank on Thurs­day to hear a de­ci­sion on bail.

In a writ­ten state­ment on his rea­sons for deny­ing bail, Judge Porter wrote that there was a risk the ac­cused would fail to at­tend court, risk of the com­mis­sion of another of­fence in­clud­ing in­ter­fer­ing with wit­nesses, and risk of loss of pub­lic con­fi­dence in the jus­tice sys­tem.

Judge Porter went into fur­ther de­tail about his con­cerns in his writ­ten de­ci­sion.

“The pri­mary ground: there are al­ready out­stand­ing war­rants for the ar­rest for the ac­cused for breach of pro­ba­tion and for fail­ing to at­tend court in Al­berta,” he wrote.

“The se­condary ground: the ac­cused lives in a small town, and all of the wit­nesses also live in the area. It would re­quire more than house ar­rest to avoid con­tact with the wit­nesses.”

The third fact to con­sider, he wrote, is that mem­bers of the pub­lic may ask how it was that the ac­cused, who has out­stand­ing war­rants for his ar­rest in Al­berta, would be re­leased on ju­di­cial in­terim re­lease.

Judge Porter con­tin­ued, “In re­la­tion to the ter­tiary ground, there were ap­par­ently a large num­ber of wit­nesses who told the po­lice that the ac­cused struck the com­plainant in the face with a liquor bot­tle, which al­legedly ex­ploded on im­pact. The prob­a­bil­ity of con­vic­tion ap­pears high, and with it, a con­comi­tant like­li­hood of a sub­stan­tial pe­riod of in­car­cer­a­tion.”

Judge Porter wrote another fac­tor con­sid­ered was that if Hoskins was granted in­terim re­lease, it would be in the con­text that he con­tin­ues liv­ing with his mother and step-fa­ther.

“His step-fa­ther, who is pro­posed as a surety, is on pa­role for a fed­eral sen­tence for a large num­ber of of­fences,” stated Judge Porter.

Th­ese in­clude pos­ses­sion of drugs for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing, traf­fick­ing, unau­tho­rized pos­ses­sion of firearms, care­less use of a firearm, re­sist­ing a peace of­fi­cer, and breach of re­cog­ni­zance, he said.

“He has a lengthy crim­i­nal his­tory ex­tend­ing over two decades here in this ju­ris­dic­tion.”

He was also con­victed of im­port­ing and ex­port­ing a nar­cotic onto the French is­lands of St. Pierre et Miquelon, as well as im­port­ing pro­hib­ited goods and smug­gled drugs, for which he re­ceived sen­tences of six years’ and one years’ im­pris­on­ment to be served con­sec­u­tively and a fine of 98,000 Francs, ac­cord­ing to the judge.

Hoskin’s mother also has past con­vic­tions in­clud­ing drug-re­lated of­fences, in­clud­ing co­caine. His step-fa­ther’s mother has also been con­victed of a num­ber of drug-re­lated of­fences, ac­cord­ing to the court.

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