Bail application for 25 year old aboriginal accused charged with second degree murder. Allegation that accused stabbed her long time friend after a night of drinking. Many Gladue (systemic discrimination against aboriginal people) factors present, and accused was in need of alcohol treatment. Crown opposed to bail.
Held: Bail granted.
Accused released on conditions designed to assist in her alcohol addiction treatment, and allowing her to return to school. Court found that the many Gladue factors present were relevant to bail, as those factors permitted the Court to properly assess the circumstances surrounding the commission of the alleged offence as required by section 515(10)(c) of the Criminal Code. Given the presumption of innocence, the Accused’s release from custody on bail would enhance public confidence in the administration of justice.