Don Bleau, charged with attempted murder, receives 24-hour curfew at farm
MOOSOMIN – In Moosomin Provincial Court on Tuesday, bail conditions were changed for Don Bleau, who faces multiple charges including attempted murder following a Sept. 29 incident in Moosomin.
Bleau was first detained and is now under a 24-hour curfew at a farm in the Coronach area. He was released on December 20 by the Court of Queen’s Bench on $5,000 cash bond, and the original plan was to electronically monitor Bleau.
In court on Tuesday, terms were changed to a 24-hour curfew on the Coronach farm instead of electronic monitoring because there were technical issues that made electronic monitoring difficult there.
“The first condition that we are seeking to change is the electronic surveillance condition,” Bleau’s attorney told the court on Tuesday.
“Specifically, we are looking to have the condition that states ‘register for electronic monitoring and comply with electronic monitoring rules as instructed by your probation officer.’ We are looking to remove it and replace it with a cover- 24 hour fire. The reason for this is that we have been informed by a supervisor from the Ministry of Corrections, Public Safety and Policing that there are problems with the installation of this electronic monitor. It just to do with landline issues and it doesn’t seem possible to install it in their home so instead we are looking to implement the 24 hour curfew and that the terms of the curfew fire be read as follows: Stay at the residence or property of Rodney Clark and Jackie Clark 24 hours a day located in . . . Coronach, Saskatchewan, including farm buildings or workshops, and do not leave this property without authorization prior rite from your bail supervisor. »
Bleau has several conditions on his release, including remaining at the Coronach site 24 hours a day, not possessing alcohol or other drugs, not possessing weapons, not having contact with certain people.
At the request of his lawyer, his case was adjourned to be heard on March 15 in Moosomin Provincial Court. His attorney is reviewing the Crown disclosure on the charges against Bleau.
Shortly after 9 p.m. on September 29, Moosomin RCMP received several complaints about a man driving a truck in the town of Moosomin “in a reckless manner.”
Police said while officers were on their way to respond to those calls, they were reported by a person who was allegedly assaulted by Bleau.
The individual indicated that Bleau had rammed their vehicle with his truck before leaving the scene.
As RCMP officers drove through town, they located the truck outside of Moosomin Towing and Auto Service. According to the police, Bleau left the business and pointed a gun in the direction of the police.
Police say Bleau crossed the street toward a house and shouted threats at police and Rob Austin, who had come out of the house.
According to police, Bleau then discharged a crossbow in the direction of Austin, who was not hit or injured by the arrow.
An arrow fired from the crossbow stuck in the wall of Rob and Maggie Austin’s house on the corner of Ellice and South Front Street.
A second arrow hit the Austins’ dog, who fled with the arrow in him. The dog, Sunny, was found the following day after a search involving dozens of volunteers, and taken for veterinary care.
According to police, Bleau got back into his truck after firing a crossbow, drove off and then returned to the same house, damaging several vehicles and other property.
According to police, Bleau then walked towards one of the officers at the scene. The officer was able to avoid being hit by Bleau’s truck. The truck then crashed into a boulevard, disabling it.
Bleau left the truck and was arrested. One of the officers and Bleau suffered what were described as minor injuries.
A crossbow was seized by the police at the scene.
Bleau is accused of:
• Attempted murder, paragraph 239(1)(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada
• Assault, Section 266, Criminal Code of Canada
• Committing assault by using or threatening to use a weapon, section 267(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada
• Assault on a peace officer, section 270(2) of the Criminal Code of Canada
• Uttering threats to cause bodily harm, Section 264.1(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada
• Resisting Arrest, Section 129(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada
• Operation of a conveyance in a manner dangerous to the public, section 320.13(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada
• Driving a vehicle while impaired by alcohol, paragraph 320.14(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada
• Possessing a weapon for a purpose dangerous to the public, section 88(2) of the Criminal Code of Canada
• 6 counts of mischief over $5,000, section 430(3) of the Criminal Code of Canada
• Committing assault by pointing a weapon, section 267(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada
• Possessing a firearm without a license to possess it, section 91(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada