COVID-19 positive Prince Edward Island man charged with nuisance for allegedly refusing to self-isolate

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Prince Edward Island man Javan Mizero Nsangira has been jailed in Charlottetown since Friday for failing to self-isolate properly and therefore endanger the public, reports the Guardian.

In addition to two counts of nuisance, he faces two counts of threat, one count of assault, one count of mischief and one charge of violating the Public Health Act.

A threat was reportedly made against an RCMP officer who, along with other local officers, has now been forced into self-isolation after coming into contact with Nsangira. Prince Edward Island has so far had 36 cases of COVID-19, including Nsangira.

The court heard on Monday that Nsangira – who spoke to the court over the phone – had actually tested positive three times, including two before his arrest on Friday. Prosecutor John Diamond said he caused “a big problem” for the police, the prison and the Crown because of the way he behaved, the Guardian reported.

The Crown strongly opposed the release of Nsangira. Diamond said Nsangira had previously self-isolated at the Rodd Brudenell River Resort but refused to follow the rules, which led to police intervention.

Nsangira has yet to argue his charges, and his next court date is set for July 30 in Georgetown, with another set for Charlottetown on August 20.

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