As reported in this article in the Toronto Star, a couple from Lindsay, Ontario, was charged as a result of a fight that broke out at their home. Supposedly the fight was over the last beer. What makes this story interesting is that, when the police arrived, the couple were both covered with chips and dip.
It’s entirely possible that the court information could actually specify chips and dip as a weapon if the couple were charged with assault with a weapon.
Reading about these cases causes some frustration for me. The courts are busy enough right now, what’s the purpose in charging people with criminal offences when the situation can be diffused using other means? I make that comment more generally. In fairness, the news article does not contain very much information, and there is a mention of numerous domestic incidents on file. With that in mind, I can think of numerous cases where I have felt it was a waste of resources for the police to lay a charge and for the Crown to continue with the prosecution. I reach this assessment after a review of disclosure and a thorough understanding of the allegations and evidence.
This blog post was written by Toronto Criminal Lawyer Adam Goodman. Adam can be reached at 416-477-6793 or by email at email@example.com.