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Man charged with attempted murder

Whitehorse RCMP have arrested a city man on an attempted murder charge.

By Whitehorse Star on January 11, 2022

Whitehorse RCMP have arrested a city man on an attempted murder charge.

Christopher Bolton, 35, was arrested last Thursday without incident, police said today.

The arrest is related to charges of attempted murder, two counts of the failure to comply with conditions of a release order, and breach of order prohibiting owning an animal.

He had a first appearance and was released by the courts last Friday.

A news release from the RCMP stated that on Dec. 8, 2021, at around 2 a.m., police responded to a call for help at an address in Riverdale.

“The frontline officers who attended found a person with injuries, some believed to have been caused by a weapon,” police said.

“The victim was taken to hospital for treatment. The suspect, identified as Christopher Bolton, was gone on arrival.”

The Whitehorse RCMP General Investigation Section took over the case with assistance from frontline officers.

Yukon RCMP Forensic Identification Services and the Yukon RCMP Emergency Response Team also participated in the investigation.

“Police made repeated attempts to locate Christopher Bolton, including neighbourhood inquiries and executing search warrants at places he was known to have stayed and other places related to the investigation,”the RCMP said.

An arrest warrant for Bolton was issued by the courts on Dec. 15.

Bolton had a first court appearance last Friday and was released.

Police believe that the charge for attempted murder stems from an isolated incident, that all individuals were known to each other, and that the community was not at risk while Bolton was at large.

“The victim is in stable condition; no further information about the victim will be released in order to protect their privacy,” police said.

When officers found Bolton’s dog, it was surrendered to an appropriate agency for care due to the conditions already in place from the courts.

Comments (12)

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Dallas on Jan 13, 2022 at 7:36 am

Justice system….more like injustice system, the legal system is only for those that can afford it.

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bonanzajoe on Jan 12, 2022 at 7:59 pm

BNR. Your nasty comment on my comment over the word "perp"? Hill Street Blues didn't invent the word. I was middle age when the series came out (1981 -1987). I have some familiarity with the criminal code. I was a Correctional Officer years ago. By the way, the word "perp" is short for perpetrator. And I used it correctly. Sorry I hurt your sensitive feelings. But I am surprised you didn't call me a misogynist and racist.

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Justice Denied Racism Supplied on Jan 12, 2022 at 12:38 pm

Dear Beaker - The Court is supposed to consider primary, secondary, and tertiary grounds of release with an emphasis of all other alternative measures other than incarceration, especially for Aboriginal Offenders. The Supreme Court of Canada declared in Ipeelee (2012) that the incarceration of Aboriginal offenders had gotten worse demonstrating a failure of both the Executive and Judicial branches of government to do as they were, and are required by law.

The Supreme Court of Canada has stated that it is an act of racism to make someone participate in systemic racism by virtue of policy, procedure, or by forced complicity - Do it or you are out of a job!

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Justice Denied on Jan 12, 2022 at 11:57 am

Dear WHAT - Completed murder only gets you about 3-5 years in the Yukon. So, come on man, why even bother with attempted murder? No sense reminding criminals of their failures because according to Gladue it will just make things worse!

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Beaker on Jan 12, 2022 at 8:24 am

@bnr I think the greater population that can think would agree that releasing this person on such serious charges really does discredit the “system”. If you know this person, which you may, his track record of being charged and released is ridiculous. He leaves the court building faster than the police. These criminals do not reserve the right to run around free under such circumstances.

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Josey Wales on Jan 12, 2022 at 6:09 am

Ahhh...one of the two seasonal depending pictures of our kangaroo courthouse.
Very, very certain most folks in this town, even the newbies, know what our building that houses the turnstiles looks like.

It is the many clients, some multiple...many multiple violent “visitors” of this building that THE PUBLIC never sees.
Just another aspect of the PC Crusader hug a thug agenda borne outta liberal ideological fantasies.
...funny that, kinda thought ...”public health and safety” ?
Silly me, that show is being run in a different theatre...

Sure would clear some space in the most photographed building in Whitehorse, and that culture club by the college, adjacent to an elementary school.

I think it is time we have a felon card to add to our vaccinated cards.
If you have a zero in the felonies section, then you are welcome in any business that wants you, able to access restaurants and theatres, open to all government facilities and services...blah blah...point made hopefully?

Most everyone knows what the Law Courts look like, seldom any convicted POS.
...and yes aware this poor misunderstood soul, is in the process of court and yet to be convicted.
My point still stands...

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Crimes of the Not Guilty - Innocence Lost on Jan 11, 2022 at 9:39 pm

Dear BnR - That is absolutely incorrect. Someone who has in fact committed a criminal code offence can be found not guilty through the legal process. Inadequate evidence, a lying defendant, a nervous witness, an incompetent prosecution, good defence counsel, or even a sympathetic or unsympathetic judge, or a combination of all of them can lead to imprecise decision-making. S/he may be found not guilty on consideration of the best available evidence to the Court. A finding of “not guilty” is not the equivalent of a finding of ‘innocence”.

The standard for a finding of guilt is, beyond a reasonable doubt. A finding of guilt is not an absolute perfection of the evidence, it is a consequence of human judgment and the best reasonable evidence at the time. There is some allowance for error lest the judge be bound up in perpetual uncertainty. In part, because of this uncertainty there is the application of Judicial Independence to safeguard unfettered decision-making in the adjudication process notwithstanding the potential for appeal.

The allowable reasons for appeal are constraining. The Appeals Court can refuse to hear a case. If the Appeals Court refuses to hear the case then the matter can be referred to the Supreme Court Canada. The Supreme Court can also refuse to hear a case - The end of line.

Upper Courts tend to be accepting and in keeping with, as much as possible, the Lower Court’s decisions. Hopefully any error in the decision-making process is towards true “not” guiltys.

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Jose' on Jan 11, 2022 at 5:24 pm

The unsub was released on his own recognizance. Whatever happened to that wording?

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WHAT on Jan 11, 2022 at 4:36 pm

Attempted murder, but released, other prior convictions and prohibited from owning animals (presumptively because he is an AHole). Does anyone else consider this messed up?

Our justice system now considers attempted murder a minor enough crime to warrant release.

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Matt on Jan 11, 2022 at 4:26 pm

BnR.....you are right ...innocent until proven guilty. Give him a fair trial.

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BnR on Jan 11, 2022 at 3:18 pm

bonanzajoe, perhaps some familiarity with the criminal code would be beneficial prior to commenting.
Such as, a person is not a "perp" (you must have watched Hill Street Blues) until proven guilty. It's crazy, I know, the whole innocent until proven guilty thing. Maybe you should move somewhere that shares values more in line with your own, such as China.

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bonanzajoe on Jan 11, 2022 at 2:36 pm

So, the Judge gives the perp another set of conditions and releases him within 24 hours. Will somebody put some lubrication on the revolving door. It sure is squeaking.

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