Hoskins denied bail
Fortune man facing assault charges after weekend altercation
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.