The chief of Onion Lake Cree Nation will be headed back to court for a second case of assault.
According to a statement from the Saskatchewan RCMP, Chief Wallace Fox has been charged with one count of assault under the Canadian Criminal Code. The charge will be up before court in Onion Lake on December 21, 2016.
A complaint was received by the Onion Lake RCMP on October 11, 2016, about an assault at a residence on the reserve. The investigation has now concluded, and led to the single charge being laid.
On Tuesday, November 8 2016, Fox was arrested by the Onion Lake RCMP and released on condition to appear in Onion Lake Provincial Court on Wednesday December 21 at 10 a.m.
No information about the exact nature of the incident that led to the charge was released by police.
Melanie Moosepayo, who filed the complaint, lived with Fox in Onion Lake from the summer of 2015, until the alleged assault took place.
The incident between the couple led to her filing a complaint at the Onion Lake Cree Nation RCMP detachment on July 7, 2016. She then returned home to Manitoba, along with her children, and chose not to go ahead with the complaint.
Moosepayo did not want to go into detail about the details of the assault when interviewed.
She changed her mind in October, when she says she went to her local detachment and gave a statement to the police. Moosepayo said she had decided to go through with the process after Fox and his new partner came to her community in Manitoba, attempting to reclaim her car.
Fox was previously charged with an array of offences related to a case of domestic assault of another former common-law partner, Vicki Monague. Fox recently pleaded guilty to one charge of assault from that case, and was sentenced to 12 months of probation on October 20.
When exiting court after pleading guilty to the previous charge, Fox and his lawyer did not comment on Moosepayo’s allegations.
106.1 The Goat has reached out for further comment to the law firm that previously defended Fox in the Monague case. As more information becomes available, this story will be updated.