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News Release

Criminal Charges not Warranted in Relation to Woman’s Arrest in Guelph

Case Number: 19-OCI-238

Mississauga, ON (8 June, 2020) ---
On September 30, 2019, Guelph Police Service (GPS) officers attended a residence and placed a 32-year-old woman under arrest for the offences of assault and mischief to property, contrary to the Criminal Code. Following her arrest, the woman was transported to the GPS station and lodged in a cell. She was later transported to hospital where she was diagnosed as having sustained a fracture to one of her ribs. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any of the involved police officers committed a criminal offence in connection with the woman’s injury.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision): 

The SIU is an independent civilian 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,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342