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Accused in Hardy Park death gets bail

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Bail has been granted to a 15-year-old Brockville girl charged with manslaughter in the death of Damian Sobieraj in Hardy Park last September.

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Following a four-hour bail hearing on Thursday, the Ontario Court of Justice granted the youth bail with some new conditions from the original bail granted in November.

Details of the hearing and the identity of the youth are protected by court order.

The girl will have a new residence and be under the supervision of a different relative from those included in the November bail order.

The bail conditions amount to virtual house arrest. The girl will be subject to a 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew; she must be in the company of one of two court-appointed supervisors except when in court or attending school; she must stay off social media; not use a cellphone; stay away from Hardy Park; and not contact a list of 27 people connected with the case.

The youth was re-arrested earlier in February after the Crown alleged she had violated some terms of her November bail conditions.

She faces charges of manslaughter, criminal negligence causing death, obstructing police and assault in the Sept. 13 incident at Hardy Park.

Damian Sobieraj died following an incident on Sept. 13. (SUBMITTED PHOTO) ORG XMIT: POS1812241303566266
Damian Sobieraj died following an incident on Sept. 13. (SUBMITTED PHOTO) ORG XMIT: POS1812241303566266 SunMedia

According to police reports before the girl’s arrest, Sobieraj, 33, made a 911 call from Hardy Park at around 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 13, saying he was in an altercation with a group of youths. The call was disconnected before he could give his name or his location in the park, according to police.

When police got to the park, they stopped people leaving, including a group of youths, who claimed they had no knowledge of the 911 call.

The following day, with the help of OPP divers, Sobieraj’s body was found in the St. Lawrence River a short distance off the shore of Hardy Park.

If convicted, the teen faces a maximum sentence of two years in a youth detention facility followed by a year’s supervision.

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