Man accused in death of Toronto police Const. Jeffrey Northrup released on bail
A 31-year-old man charged with first degree murder in the death of the Toronto Police Const. Jeffrey Northrup was released on bail.
Attorney Nader Hasan confirmed that Supreme Court Justice Jill Copeland had ordered Umar Zameer’s release on bail under strict conditions.
Zameer was released on three bonds that pledged a total of $ 335,000, with $ 50,000 on deposit with the court prior to his release from custody, Hasan said.
He is under house arrest with his sister and has been placed under an electronic surveillance program. He is not allowed to leave Ontario, visit an international airport, and hand over his passport and travel documents to the police. In addition, he is not allowed to drive a car.
In a statement to CBC News on Wednesday, Hasan said, “Mr. Zameer’s family are very pleased with the outcome of today’s hearing. You welcome him home.
The defendant’s attorney asks the court to release “part” of the grounds
There is currently a disclosure ban on all evidence presented during Zameer’s two-day bail check earlier this month, meaning the reason for Zameer’s release cannot be disclosed. However, Hasan said he would tackle aspects of the ban and ask the court to “release part of the grounds” at the bail hearing.
Hasan said it would help the public “better understand this case and why the court made this decision”.
“When a person charged with a serious crime is released on bail, the public is inevitably curious about the cause,” he said.
“We can only answer that there is much more behind this case and this tragic situation than you think. That will become apparent in due course.”
In a statement, the Toronto Police Service said, “Today’s court decision is a step in a long trial.”
“We will continue to be fully involved and continue to support Jeff’s family, friends and colleagues.”
Northrup was hit by a vehicle in the City Hall parking garage shortly after midnight on July 2nd.
Police said Northrup, a 31-year-old veteran who worked in the 52nd division, and his partner were responding to an 911 call about an ongoing robbery when they were attacked.
Both were in civilian clothes, but police said they could be identified by name tags around their necks.
Northrup was transported to nearby St. Michael’s Hospital with no vital signs, where he died. His partner was transported to the same hospital where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
The hearse carries the coffin of the Toronto Const. Police. Jeffrey Northrup arrives for his funeral on July 12th (Chris Young / The Canadian Press)
Tweet deleted by Premier and republished with changed wording
Shortly after news of Zameer’s bail was released, Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford tweeted his shock at the defendant’s release, saying, “This is incomprehensible.”
“It is totally unacceptable that the person responsible for this heinous crime should now be released on bail. Our judicial system needs to pull itself together and start putting victims and their families before criminals, ”the tweet said.
Ford’s original tweet indicated that Zameer was “responsible” for Northrup’s death. (Tweet)
Minutes later, Ford’s tweet had been deleted and reposted with a slightly different wording. The phrase “the person responsible for this heinous crime” has been replaced by “the defendant for this heinous crime”.
This is incomprehensible. It is totally unacceptable that the accused of this heinous crime should now be released on bail. Our justice system needs to pull itself together and start bringing victims and their families before criminals. https://t.co/91l5PO0nDM
– @ fordnation
When asked about the original tweet, Ivana Yelich, Ford Executive Director of Media Relations, said the tweet had been “noticed” and “corrected”.
Northrup lived in Brampton with his wife and three children, ages 21, 19 and 17.
His funeral drew hundreds of officials along with family members at BMO Field on July 12th. Attendees also included Toronto Mayors John Tory and Ford, who both spoke at the service.
Master of Ceremonies Supt. Peter Code told the gathered mourners that Northrup, for his officers, was “the toughest of all workers” who would take on any task.