Tuesday, February 28, 2012
A guilty plea to manslaughter means a murder trial in Thunder Bay is over before it began. A Fort Hope man is going to jail for 7 years in connection with the stabbing death of James Waswa in that community in 2010. The plea by William Oskineegish in a Thunder Bay courtroom puts an abrupt end to the trial that was to have started this week. The judge in the case accepted a joint recommendation by the prosecution and the defence on the matter. Immediately after the proceedings were over, there was a moving moment when the mother of the victim, hugged Oskineegish as a sign of forgiveness.
Police found an illegal weapon after paying a visit to the Intercity Mall yesterday to investigate a shoplifting incident. While searching the man, police found a small pen like tool. They put the modified flare gun down and it fired a .22 calibre round off into the air. No one was injured and the man is going to be charged with several weapons charges.