JP denies bail to Iqaluit man charged in brutal 2017 beating

Hannas Braun alleged to have left unconscious victim in a dumpster

A man charged with aggravated assault, after police found another man lying unconscious in a dumpster in 2017, was refused bail on Jan. 8. (FILE PHOTO)

By Beth Brown

An Iqaluit man charged with aggravated assault in the fall of 2017, after police found another man lying unconscious in a dumpster, will remain in custody after a justice of the peace denied his second bail request on Jan. 8.

Hannas Braun, 27, was arrested on July 17, 2018, and charged with breaching bail conditions, after police said they found him outside Arctic Ventures, apparently intoxicated and with beer cans lying on the ground around him, Justice of the Peace Joseph Murdoch-Flowers said in his decision.

Braun’s four breach charges relate to a failure to abstain from alcohol, a failure to respect a curfew, and possession of cannabis.

The court imposed those bail conditions after Braun was charged with an aggravated assault on Ben Kogvik Jr. that dates to Nov. 12, 2017.

That’s when Braun and another man, Christopher Henderson, are alleged to have left Kogvik Jr. lying unconscious in a dumpster after inflicting a severe beating on him

Braun was released on bail, with conditions, four days after the assault charge, but he has been held in custody since the summer after police laid the breach-of-condition charges. He has no prior criminal record.

“There is a strong case against you on these breach charges … the breach charges include police witnesses,” Murdoch-Flowers said, adding that the charges display a “cavalier attitude to bail.”

“When released on bail on strict conditions for a grave offence, the choice is to follow conditions or to go to jail,” he said.

To grant bail for a second time on the same offence could lead to a public loss of confidence in the administration of justice, Murdoch-Flowers said.

An aggravated assault charge is an indictable offence that carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.

A preliminary hearing has already been held for that charge. Braun is scheduled to appear in court again on Jan. 25.

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