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Accused in deadly Syndicate Avenue attack granted bail on strict conditions

A 20-year-old man charged with first-degree murder in connection with a deadly assault which took place roughly nine months ago in the city has been granted release from custody pending trial, a Superior Court Justice ruled on Thursday.
Syndicate Avenue

THUNDER BAY — A 20-year-old man facing several charges including first-degree murder in connection to a January incident that left an 18-year-old man dead has been granted bail.

Cody Shaganash-Echum and his co-accused a 15-year-old male were arrested by Thunder Bay police over an incident that occurred on Jan. 9 on Syndicate Avenue North.

Officers attended the residence just before 3 a.m. and discovered Austin Peter Robinson had been assaulted. He was transported to the hospital where he died a few days later of his injuries.

On Thursday, Oct. 1, Ontario Superior Court Justice Tracey Nieckarz spent roughly an hour delivering her decision on Shaganash-Echum's bail application. Due to a publication ban, evidence and details of the decision heard on Thursday cannot be published.

Once a deposit is made on Shaganash-Echum’s $4,000 bail plan he will be released to three sureties. Two of his sureties have pledged $500 each with no deposit and Shaganash-Echum is pledging $1,000 with no deposit in order to be released.

His conditions will require him to live with his sureties in a First Nations community outside of the city and he will be under house arrest conditions at all times. He will only be allowed out with his sureties for work, school, medical treatment, reporting to police and court appearances.

Shaganash-Echum must also present himself at the door for police compliance checks and stay away from drugs and alcohol. He is also not to communicate with his co-accused and several other individuals according to his conditions.

Shaganash-Echum's other charges in connection to the Jan. 9 incident include aggravated assault, three counts of assault with a weapon, robbery, break and enter of a dwelling and disguise with intent.

His next court date is scheduled for Oct. 22.

Karen Edwards, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

About the Author: Karen Edwards, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Karen Edwards reports on court and crime under the Local Journalism initiative, which is funded by the Government of Canada.
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