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Bail denied for man charged with Twain murder

Nsengiyumva will remain behind bars for the duration of the Twain second-degree murder case
2021 01 05 Jeff Twain Memorial New Year's Murder (Campaigne)
A memorial honouring homicide victim Jeff Twain, near where he was found on Jane Street by first responders early on January 1.

The family and friends of Jeff Twain who gathered along Jane Street in late April to express their frustration over the release on bail of the man charged with Twain's death will rest a little easier today. 

See related story: Murdered man's family demands 'Justice 4 Jeff' as suspect granted bail, then re-arrested

Monday, Justice Paul Rivard ruled Ghislain Nsengiyumva, 20, of Orleans, Ont., would not be granted a second opportunity to be released on bail after police arrested him for breaching conditions of his initial release on April 29. Nsengiyumva will remain behind bars for the duration of the Twain second-degree murder case.

See also: Murder suspect on bail re-arrested for breaching his release order

Upon his initial release on bail, in April, Tracie Twain, Jeff's mother said, "People are being held in jail for a lot less. Our court system is failing. And, it's not the cops' fault, it's the courts. The judge can go home and sleep well knowing that he's fine and his kids are safe."

Police say Twain, 29, of North Bay was killed early on January 1 at the spot where his supporters gathered that day in April. On January 2, members of the North Bay Police Service arrested and charged Nsengiyumva with the second-degree murder of Twain; utter threat to cause death; assault with a weapon; and, two counts of assault.

This case is under a publication ban. According to the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario, "The court may (and frequently must) impose publication bans to protect the fairness and integrity of the case, the privacy or safety of a victim or witness, or the identity of a child or youth."