Patron's application for release denied, mental health assesment ordered

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Travis Patron was in court in Regina Friday April 16, when Judge Murray Hinds determined he has not shown cause that he should be released from custody and ordered a mental health assessment.

Patron, from Redvers, Saskatchewan, is the leader of the far-right Canadian Nationalist Party and is facing multiple charges.

Patron is being held at the Regina Correctional Centre.

Patron will remain in custody and will appear in court again on April 30, following the mental health assessment ordered by the judge.

Patron is facing several charges including Assault Causing Bodily Harm, Aggravated Assault, Incitement of Hatred Against an Identifiable Group, Mischief, Break and Enter, and Resisting Arrest.

He also faces various charges of breach of conditions,, and back in 2019 faced assault charges in both Ontario and Quebec.

Break and Enter charge

He was taken into custody for the second time in 10 days on March 28 on the latest charge of Break and Enter, after allegedly breaking in to the Redvers Legion Hall. On March 19 police were called when Patron was causing a disturbance at the Legion Hall and refused to leave. Then, on the night of Saturday, March 27, Patron broke into the Legion Hall and his image was allegedly captured on a security camera. The next day, Sunday, March 28, police were called and Patron was arrested.

Mischief charge Patron was earlier charged with mischief after police had to be called Friday, March 19 when he disrupted an event at the Redvers Legion Hall. According to Carlyle RCMP, the mischief charge was laid after Patron was reported on the Legion Hall property in Redvers claiming he has ownership of the building. Sgt Geoff Stringfellow of the Carlyle RCMP says police received the call on March 19 and responded. “Our members had responded to a complaint about Mr. Patron being unwanted at the Legion building in Redvers. He was claiming he had lawful authority to be there but it was determined he did not,” said Stringfellow. “His refusal to leave led to him being arrested for mischief. He has been charged with mischief for obstructing the lawful enjoyment of the premises as well as breaching a previous court order, so an undertaking from a previous charge,” Stringfellow explained. Patron had previously sent a letter to the Town of Redvers saying he believes he has the right to claim the Legion building as his own. “On behalf of our federally-sanctioned political constituency, I am hereby serving notice of name regarding the property located at 40 Railway Ave, Redvers, Saskatchewan, S0C 2H0 (Parcel Number: 112534994). The property located at this address is henceforth known as the ‘Ministry Of National Faithism’ and shall conduct itself under this name accordingly,” Patron wrote to the town. “In acting as defender of the faith, and with a rightful claim to the property, we will henceforth refer to the aforementioned property as the ‘Ministry Of National Faithism’ and respectfully ask others to do likewise.” The email from Patron to the town indicated Patron intends to remove signage from the building. “We have no intention of violating the trademark or naming rights of any other organization in using this property. Therefore, we will remove any previous name related to the property if no objection to this notice from Her Majesty The Queen is brought to our attention within a 14-day grace period,” Patron wrote. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Redvers town council has been meeting at the Legion Hall. Following Patron’s actions and letters, members of Redvers Town Council expressed concern and discussed potentially requesting police protection at future council meetings. Stringfellow told the World-Spectator that, if requested, the Carlyle RCMP would ensure a police presence for those that may feel unsafe or uncomfortable. “Any time there is a concern for public safety we will respond. I’ve spoken with the mayor in regards to a meeting coming up and yes there will be a police presence available. Public safety is our number one priority,” Stringfellow said. “Any time we have a request, especially from a council or a community group, we’ll do our best to ensure we have somebody there.” Patron will appear in provincial court in Carlyle on April 28 on the mischief charge.

Assault charges Patron had previously been charged with Assault Causing Bodily Harm and Aggravated Assault for an incident in Regina in late 2019. He has been committed to stand trial in Regina Court of Queen’s Bench for the Assault Causing Bodily Harm and Aggravated Assault. There will be a pre-trial conference in Regina on April 23. The alleged assault took place November 2, 2019. Police were dispatched at around 2:30 a.m. November 2 to the 1900 block of Victoria Avenue after receiving a report of an assault. Police said two women, 33 and 43, had just been assaulted. They both had visible injuries from the incident, police said, and were taken to the hospital for treatment. The women and Patron had allegedly been in conversation earlier in the evening. The women told police Patron offered them rides home, and when they declined, the alleged assault occurred, police said. During the night of the incident, the Regina Police Service was able to spot the suspect, but he refused to be interviewed. Upon further investigation, police were able to identify Patron and arranged for him to be interviewed. As a result, Patron was charged with assault causing bodily harm, aggravated assault and breach of probation. The probation order he was charged with breaching in that case was issued by a Quebec judge.Hate crime charge In February, Patron was charged with Willful Promotion of Hatred Toward an Identifiable Group. Carlyle RCMP launched an investigation into statements and videos posted by Patron. The hate crime investigation involved Saskatchewan RCMP’s major crimes unit, Saskatchewan RCMP’s national security section and British Columbia RCMP’s hate crimes unit. As required under the Criminal Code section in question, evidence gathered was forwarded to the Saskatchewan attorney general, following which a decision was made to lay the charge and Carlyle RCMP were directed to arrest and charge Patron with wilfully promoting hatred to an identifiable group, and Patron was initially held in custody on that charge.

Resisting arrest charge

On February 22, Patron was charged by Regina Police Service with resisting arrest after police had to be called to the provincial legislature.

The incident came a week after Patron was charged with Willful Promotion of Hatred against an Identifiable Group, a charge that was authorized by the province's Attorney-General.

Court-ordered conditions Patron was under several court-ordered conditions until he was taken into custody, and faces several charges of breaching those conditions. He is under a curfew and must be in his home between 11 pm each night and 7 am the next morning. He is prohibited from possessing or consuming alcohol, cannabis, or any drugs that have not been prescribed to him by a doctor. He is prohibited from entering any location that sells cannabis or alcohol as its main purpose, including bars, liquor stores, and cannabis stores. He is prohibited from having any contact with the victims of the assault, referring to the victims of the assault on social media, or being at the home or workplace of the victims. He is prohibited from possessing any firearms, ammunition, crossbow, prohibited weapon, restricted weapon, prohibited device, prohibited ammunition, or explosive substance. He is prohibited from possessing a knife ‘except when using a knife to eat.’

Spencer Kemp, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The World-Spectator