Liberal MP allegedly watched home for three months before arrest there for assault, break and enter, harassment
|National Post 08 Jun 2020 at 16:12|
Tabbara, 35, was charged with two counts of assault, one count of break and enter and commit an indictable offence, and one count of criminal harassment.
The charges were not revealed at the time by Guelph Police Service and did not become public until Friday after National Post and two other media organizations directly asked police about it.
The National Post can now reveal that two people are listed as alleged victims of assault, one male and one female.
Both alleged assaults took place in the same place at the same incident, according to the police report.
After spending a night in jail, Tabbara was formally charged with the four criminal counts on April 10, and had a bail hearing overseen by a justice of the peace in London, Ont., about 120 kilometres southwest of Guelph.
He was released on a promise to pay $1,000 if he breached any condition of his release. A publication ban was imposed over the information, arguments and reasons presented at that bail appearance.
Tabbara is the MP for Kitchener South-Hespeler and chaired Parliament’s subcommittee on International Human Rights and sits on the special committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic.
On Friday, after the criminal charges against him were revealed in the media, he announced he was “stepping back from the Liberal caucus” but not resigning as an MP.
“I personally believe strongly in the right of every individual to live a life free of the hurt and trauma of physical, verbal or emotional abuse,” he said in a written statement. “I continue to receive counselling and treatment for anxiety and depression, which I have been living with for some time.”