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JUSTICE OF THE PEACE FAILS TO ORDER A CASH DEPOSIT BY STATING SHE DOESN’T AGREE WITH THE LAW

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE FAILS TO ORDER A CASH DEPOSIT BY STATING SHE DOESN’T AGREE WITH THE LAW

FOR CONVICTED FIREARMS TRAFFICKER

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~~ June 27, 2020 (LSN)  Appearing by video from the Thunder Bay Jail in Bail Courtroom 104 today, Friday June 26,2020 is 35 year old PHILIP KWAKU NKRUMAH who goes by the street name of BONUS.

Her Worship, Justice of the Peace Anna Gibbon is presiding

NKRUMAH has been criminally charged with:

  • -possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking
  • -possession of fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking
  • -possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000
  • -breach of probation

HE’S ALSO A CONVICTED GUN TRAFFICKER WITH TIES TO ORGANIZED CRIME.

NKRUMAH has retained the services of defence attorney Nadia Klein from the prestigious MOON ROZIER LEGAL PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION out of Brampton, Ontario.

The talented veteran Federal Crown Alec Hardiejowski is on the line to argue for the detention of this criminal.

A LONG BAIL HEARING

It’s a reverse onus bail hearing which happens if:

  • -you were already on a release and now you're facing new, unrelated criminal charges
  • -you were already on a release and you didn’t follow your conditions, and have been charged with failure to comply
  • -you were charged with a drug offence involving the sale of drugs
  • -you were charged with certain serious offences

The onus is on the defendant to show why they should be released.

This bail hearing started at 9am. A decision was delivered at 1pm.

Defence presented 2 sureties to the court. Sister of the accused KRYSTLE NKRUMAH & an aunt SONIA NKRUMAH. The plan is to have PHILIP NKRUMAH reside with his Aunt in the 100 block of Viceroy Crescent in Brampton, Ontario. Defence presented a questionable letter from a company called Advance Carpet Cleaning stating PHILIP NKRUMAH was presently employed there and was a punctual employee earning an hourly rate of $20.50.
Federal Crown Alec Hardiejowski was quick to point out that NKRUMAH has been in jail since June 9,2020 and questions the legitimacy of this letter.
(Inside Edition conducted an online search and could not even find the existence of this carpet cleaning company)

Hardiejowski is also quick to point out the criminal record of NKRUMAH which includes a breach of recognizance. He suggests that it would be naive to think that NKRUMAH is not part of some criminal organization. NKRUMAH did not just show up in Thunder Bay and start knocking on random doors looking to set up to sell fentanyl.

QUESTIONABLE RELEASE ORDER

Justice of the Peace Anna Gibbon delivers a decision at 1pm.
She has decided that despite this criminal’s gun trafficking and breach record that she will release NKRUMAH on a $20 000 no deposit bail. She seems to ignore the very strong case the Crown has and feels satisfied that the bail plan presented is sufficient.
Her Worship Gibbon acknowledges that there is a fentanyl crisis, but doesn’t feel the public would be outraged with the release of this convicted gun trafficker. She rules that there will be $10000 pledged by KRYSTLE NKRUMAH, $5000 pledged by SONIA NKRUMAH and $5000 pledged by PHILIP NKRUMAH

ERROR OF LAW BY JUSTICE OF THE PEACE?

The very experienced Federal Crown Alec Hardiejowski is quick to point out the Criminal Code of Canada requires an obligation to deposit when a defendant is arrested more than 200 kilometres away from their ordinary place of residence. The Federal Crown wants a cash deposit made as is required by law.

But Justice of the Peace Anna Gibbon states that she disagrees with him and the no deposit condition is sufficient.

Inside Edition sought a legal explanation this evening and was told that a Justice of the Peace in the Ontario Court of Justice must follow the statutes even if they disagree with them.

THE PUBLIC SHOULD BE OUTRAGED AT THIS BLATANTLY WRONG DECISION

Her Worship Anna Gibbon has never acquired a law degree. Her previous work history includes being a Correctional Officer as well as the Aboriginal Liason Officer for the City of Thunder Bay. She has gained a reputation for being soft on crime, especially concerning Toronto gangsters pushing fentanyl.

Some people have suggested it’s because a member of her own family is a criminal.

Federal Crown Arturo Acosta requested Justice of the Peace Gibbon to recuse herself from a bail hearing earlier this month due to blatant & obvious bias displayed by her. She refused his request.

Justice of the Peace Gibbon rules that despite the apparent strength of the Crown’s case that the release of NKRUMAH will not diminish confidence in the administration of justice.

OUR CITY BEING OVERRUN BY TORONTO GANGSTERS?

Yes, that’s where we’re at in Thunder Bay. Toronto gangsters know the routine and are willing to take the chance. The financial incentive is too strong. Police work hard to catch these gangster criminals peddling addictive killer drugs while preying on the most vulnerable members of our community

And we have a Justice of the Peace with no law degree who is quick to release these Toronto gangsters.

NKRUMAH’S next court date is Friday September 4,2020. He is ordered not to be in Thunder Bay unless he’s here for court. He must provide a travel itinerary to Thunder Bay Police if travelling here.

Background on 35 year old PHILIP KWAKU NKRUMAH who goes by the street name of BONUS:
PHILIP KWAKU NKRUMAH is a former Canadian basketball star who played on the Canadian National Team. He spent 5 years in a Cape Breton University on a basketball scholarship.

HE’S ALSO A CONVICTED GUN TRAFFICKER WITH TIES TO ORGANIZED CRIME.

PHILIP KWAKU NKRUMAH was sentenced on Monday April 29,2019 by a Windsor judge for illegal weapons offences caught during a cross border investigation to 501 days in prison on Monday and 18 months’ probation.

Justice Bruce Thomas levelled an original sentence of three years and three months, but provided credit for serving 429 days of pre-sentence custody and another 240 days of credit for his house arrest.
NKRUMAH pleaded guilty in March 2019 to conspiring to trafficking firearms, trafficking an illegal weapon and possession of cash obtained from crime.
He was arrested as part of a cross-border, multi-agency investigation into illegal drug and weapons smuggling in Essex County.
Justice Thomas told the court Nkrumah’s offence is significant and the court must react meaningfully, noting the focus of Nkrumah’s sentence will be on denunciation and deterrence as well as the protection of the public.
Prior to sentencing, Nkrumah addressed the court, noting he accepted full responsibility for the crime. “I’m truly sorry for what I’ve done and I’ve taken steps to put it behind me.”
“I’m 34. I’ve been on house arrest… it’s not good for my family,” Nkrumah continued. “This is not my character. This is a first time, first and last time for me. It will never happen again.”
Nkrumah’s defence lawyer, Maria Carroccia said the sentence falls within the case law and her client is ready to serve his time.
“He's prepared to deal with the sentence. He wants to move on,” Carroccia said. “He started to turn his life around as much as he could while he was on bail, but he just wants to move forward, and put this behind him.”
In March of 2016, 10 people were charged with a combined 111 offences through Project Kirby.
It was a year-long joint investigation by the OPP, Windsor Police, London Police, Canada Border Services Agency, and various American law enforcement agencies.
Court heard between Jan. 7, 2016 and Jan. 13, 2016, Nkrumah met at least twice with undercover officers to either discuss or complete the sale of an illegal handgun.

NKRUMAH STATUTORILY RELEASED FROM JAIL ON MARCH 31,2019 AND SHOWED UP IN THUNDER BAY LESS THAN 8 WEEKS LATER

NKRUMAH first came to the attention of Thunder Bay Police on June 2,2020 at Unit 101 at 165 Court Street North in a building occupied by elderly and vulnerable people. Police received information that he was dealing drugs there.

SURVEILLANCE STARTED

For the next week, hardworking Thunder Bay Police Officers conducted surveillance on NKRUMAH observing numerous hand to hand transactions with people both in and out of vehicles. The actions were consistent with drug trafficking activity.

DRUG DEALERS BUSTED

Shortly after 5pm on Tuesday June 9,2020 hardworking Officers with Thunder Bay Police Service’s Intelligence Unit and Emergency Task Unit executed a search warrant at Unit 101, 165 Court Street North.

Police entered the apartment and arrested one female and two males.

Other hardworking Thunder Bay Police Officers located a fourth accused connected to this investigation at the Midtown Inn on 61 Cumberland Street North just after 5:30 pm. He was arrested and a quantity of suspected crack cocaine was found in his possession.

As a result of their search of the Court Street apartment, police located a large quantity of crack cocaine, a quantity of fentanyl, about $13,000CAD and paraphernalia consistent with drug trafficking.
Also arrested with NKRUMAH were

  • 36 year old JOEL PAYNE of Saskatoon, 63 year old RUSSELL SCOTT HALLS of Thunder Bay and
  • 49 year old LESLIE ANN SCOTT of Red Rock were all charged with:
  • -Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • -Possession of Fentanyl for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • -Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000

NKRUMAH allegedly had a quantity of fentanyl on his person and a Gucci bag containing $10 700 in Canadian currency.

NKRUMAH HIRES LAWYER FROM PRESTIGIOUS TORONTO LAW FIRM.

NKRUMAH has retained the services of defence attorney Nadia Klein from the prestigious MOON ROZIER LEGAL PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION out of Brampton, Ontario.

The talented veteran Federal Crown Alec Hardiejowski is on the line to argue for the detention of this criminal.
Justice of the Peace Anna Gibbon delivers a decision at 1pm.
She has decided that despite this criminal’s gun trafficking and breach record that she will release NKRUMAH on a $20 000 no deposit bail. She seems to ignore the very strong case the Crown has and feels satisfied that the bail plan presented is sufficient.
Her Worship Gibbon acknowledges that there is a fentanyl crisis, but doesn’t feel the public would be outraged with the release of this convicted gun trafficker. She rules that there will be $10000 pledged by KRYSTLE NKRUMAH, $5000 pledged by SONIA NKRUMAH and $5000 pledged by PHILIP NKRUMAH

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