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Accused in Ware Township attempt murder case granted bail

Douglas Witol, 63, was released on bail last year but was subsequently taken back into custody on Jan. 1 for allegedly failing to comply with a release order, according to court documents.
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THUNDER BAY — A Thunder Bay man facing charges of attempted murder and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm has been released on bail.

Douglas Witol was arrested by Thunder Bay Ontario Provincial Police on Sept. 9, 2020, after officers responded to an incident involving a person being run over by a vehicle on Laukka Lane in Ware Township, according to a previous police news release.

When police arrived they located a seriously injured and unresponsive male who was transported to the hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Witol was released on bail to a surety and after pledging $3,000 to the courts to secure his release on Oct. 19. He was also required to follow several conditions including not having any contact with the alleged victim or witnesses and not possessing any weapons. He was also prohibited from driving.

Court documents show Witol was taken back into custody by police on Jan. 1 for allegedly breaching a court order.

On Thursday, Jan. 8, Witol appeared for a second bail hearing and was released from custody under the supervision of a surety. Witol’s surety promised to pay $10,000 to the courts in the event he breaches any of his conditions.

Details and evidence heard during Witol’s bail hearing are protected by a court-ordered ban on publication.

Under his new bail plan, Witol is not allowed to operate or possess a motor vehicle, cannot communicate or contact the alleged victim or any witnesses, and is not allowed to possess any weapons.

He must also live in a residence in Ware Township and notify the courts if he decides to change his address.  

Witol is scheduled to return to court on Jan. 26.