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Terror suspect begins bail hearings, Ellis Hall break-in

An Ellis Hall break-in has provoked a Kingston Police investigation.
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Ellis Hall break-in provokes Kingston Police investigation

A theft this past weekend resulted in cash being stolen from a locker in Ellis Hall. 

The amount stolen wasn’t disclosed and the event has since triggered a Kingston Police investigation. 

“Unfortunately, Queen’s University and the people who attend and work here as well as the buildings on campus are equally targets of theft like anywhere else in the Kingston Community,” wrote Director of Campus Security & Emergency Services Todd Zimmerman to The Journal. “It is important to do our due diligence to secure valuables while understanding much of the university is open to the public.”

Zimmerman added that at this time no specifics could be released concerning the investigation, but Queen’s community members are advised to keep valuables out of unmonitored areas on campus. 

If any suspicious individuals are witnessed on campus, students, staff, and faculty are urged to call Campus Security at 613-533-6111.

Jasnit Pabla

Local teen faces bail hearings for terrorism charge

A two-day bail hearing process began on Mar. 12 for a Kingston youth charged with facilitating terrorist activities this past January.

The hearings began in front of justice of the peace Herbert Kreling, with the next date scheduled for Mar. 29.

The 16-year-old youth, whose identity is protected by a publication ban under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, has been in custody since his arrest on Jan. 24. 

A Youth Court judge’s order, effected at the youth’s Jan. 25 arraignment, disallows any publication of evidence taken at the youth’s bail hearings or submissions from his lawyer, as well as any reasons for decision given by the Justice at its conclusion. 

The ban will remain in effect until the case has been resolved by trial or discharge. 

After police raided a house on the edge of the University District this past January, the youth was charged with knowingly facilitating a terrorist activity and counselling another person to “discharge or detonate an explosive or other lethal device” in a public place with the intent to “cause death or serious bodily injury.” 

Tipped off by the FBI, the RCMP National Security Enforcement Team had been investigating the youth. An explosive device was never planted, however, and police never identified a specific target location.

The youth’s defense team is made up of local lawyers Kate Mitchell, Simon Borys, and Sean Ellacott. 

From the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, the Crown prosecutors include Luc Boucher and Pierre Lapointe. 

Raechel Huizinga

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