A local man has been arrested and charged after the ongoing harassment of his former girlfriend and her current partner came to a head.
On Thursday, Jul. 16, 2020 the accused man began causing a disturbance outside the female victim’s residence in downtown Kingston. The victim, his ex-girlfriend, was not home at the time, however her current boyfriend, the male victim, was in an upstairs bedroom. The male victim began receiving threatening messages from the accused, who remained standing outside of the residence. The male victim exited onto a balcony and asked the accused why he was screaming, at which time the accused left the scene.
Since their separation in early 2019, the female victim had been continuously receiving unwanted and threatening communications from the accused man. When the female victim began dating the male victim, the accused started sending numerous threatening communications to him, as well. On multiple occasions, the accused threatened to cause serious bodily injury to both the male and female victims.
Police had previously cautioned the accused in regards to his behaviour. Additionally, the was currently on a probation order and was to abide by multiple court imposed conditions.
At approximately 11:00 a.m., police responded, and located and arrested the accused man, who was still in the area. The accused, when searched during arrest, was found to be in possession of a small knife and imitation brass knuckles, which were against his release conditions. The accused was taken to police headquarters where he was held to attend a bail hearing the following day.
A 27-year-old local man was charged with harassment by repeated communication with person, harassment by threatening conduct, two counts uttering threats to cause bodily harm, and three counts breach of probation.
The following is a statement from Kingston Police:
No one has the right to abuse another person. Victims of domestic violence or sexual assault and witnesses are encouraged to contact Kingston Police. The following links offer valuable support services and resources in the Kingston area for victims of domestic and/or sexual violence:
- Kingston Police (613-549-4660)
- Kingston Police Path of Strength Smartphone App
- Kingston Interval House
- Kingston Sexual Assault Centre
- Resolve Counselling Services Canada
- KFACC (Kingston Frontenac Anti-violence Coordinating Committee) and KFACC for men
- Victim Services of Kingston and Frontenac (613-548-4834)
- Addiction & Mental Health Services – Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington
- Ministry of the Attorney General – Violence in the Family
- Ministry of the Attorney General – Victim Services Directory
- Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres