Mill River man denied bail on confinement, extortion charges

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SUMMERSIDE - A Mill River man accused of extortion, unlawful confinement, robbery and resisting arrest was denied bail Tuesday, following a show cause hearing in Summerside provincial court.

Michael Andrew Scott, 43, was arrested Monday at his home in Mill River.

Summerside police say they received the victim's complaint on May 22.

The victim alleged he'd been assaulted by someone he knew and was forced to go to his bank and withdraw money for his attacker.

Following the show cause hearing, Crown attorney John Diamond requested the court not grant bail to Scott.

Diamond said the protection and safety of the public, particularly the victim, are at issue and that he believed Scott would not show up in court if released on bail.

Diamond also asserted that Scott, if granted bail, would "likely re-offend."

Justice of the Peace Donna Arsenault ruled in the Crown's favour.

In denying bail, Arsenault said that the charges before the court are "very serious" and were "grounds on which to hold the suspect in custody."

Arsenault pointed to Scott's criminal record noting that the accused has similar charges on his record and that there are warrants out for his arrest in every province in Canada except two.

Scott had requested bail so he could return to Alberta for 10 days to work and earn money to pay off restitution ordered in previous criminal cases and that he would be back for his court date in Summerside in June.

"I'm not convinced you'll come back to deal with any charges before this court," Arsenault said.

The Justice of the Peace agreed with the Crown that if Scott were freed there is an "extremely likelihood to re-offend."

Referring to Scott's past criminal record, Arsenault said, "It seems the charges get more serious in nature as time goes on" and "the terms of custody increase."

Arsenault advised Scott that if convicted on the charges before the court he could be "looking at federal time."

"Based on everything here, I concur with the Crown," she said.

Scott will remain in custody until he goes before provincial court Judge Jeff Lantz on June 12 at 9 a.m. for election and plea.

Organizations: Justice of the Peace Donna Arsenault

Geographic location: SUMMERSIDE, Mill River, Canada Alberta

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