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.
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.
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."