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News Release

No Basis to Lay Charges in Relation to Interaction with Woman at Guelph Police Station

Case Number: 19-OCI-102

Mississauga, ON (9 October, 2019) ---
Following her May 2019 arrest for having breached a condition of her conditional sentence, a 39-year-old woman was in the process of being booked at the police station in Guelph when she objected to having a diamond ring removed from her finger. Officers managed to get the ring off, and the woman was lodged in a cell. Later that day, paramedics were called to examine the woman after she complained about pain in her ring finger. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any officer in relation to this case.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):https://www.siu.on.ca/en/directors_reports.php. 

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence  in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
  • report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General. 

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Monica Hudon, monica.hudon@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342