Defence requests bail report for woman arrested in alleged N.B. home invasion

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A man and woman charged in an incident where a homeowner was allegedly forced to turn over his car keys appeared in North Battleford Provincial Court April 8.

Legal aide lawyer Andrew Lyster requested that a bail verification report be prepared for Niesha Baptiste, 24. The report assists the court in making a determination on whether a person should be granted bail. Her show cause hearing was adjourned to April 18.

The Crown reserved its election against Baptiste.

Lyster told the court it’s a conflict for his office to represent Delainey Moosomin, 23. Judge Murray Pelletier adjourned the matter to April 22. The Crown elected to proceed by indictment against Moosomin. Summary conviction is a less serious type of offence that comes with a lesser sentence, whereas an indictable offence covers more serious crimes and results in a more serious sentence.

Baptiste and Moosomin have been in custody since their arrest last week. The Battlefords RCMP had sent out an alert on April 4 saying that at about 7:20 a.m. on Sunday, an unknown subject entered a residence and demanded vehicle keys from the property owner. The suspect was described as non-white, wearing all black and a black mask. The suspect was given keys to a 2002 white Buick Century. Not long after, police recovered the vehicle and arrested Moosomin and Baptiste.

Moosomin was charged with stealing keys with a knife, resisting a peace officer, theft of a vehicle, break and enter, and mischief/property damage under $5,000.

Moosomin also has charges from December 2019 including carrying a concealed weapon (knife and bear spray).

Baptiste was charged with dangerous driving, failing to stop for police during a pursuit, resisting a peace officer, possession of a vehicle under $5,000 by crime, and failing to comply with probation conditions. Baptiste also has charges from January including driving a vehicle on Sweetgrass First Nation while being pursued by police and failing to stop, driving a vehicle in a manner dangerous to the public, possession of a weapon for a purpose dangerous to the public peace, failing to comply with a probation order not to possess firearms or other weapons, and two counts of failing to appear in court.

The charges against Baptiste and Moosomin haven’t been proven in court.

Lisa Joy, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Battlefords Regional News-Optimist