Another arrest of Brampton man prompts police chief to call out court system


Published March 13, 2021 at 5:08 am

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An arrest of a Brampton man charged with 25 crimes has prompted Peel’s police chief to call out the court system.

Chief Nishan Duraiappah questioned the behavior of the courts for releasing suspects charged with violent crimes, who then are arrested again for allegedly committing more crimes.

“The police alone cannot ensure our community’s safety,” Nishan Duraiappah said in a statement. “We need all stakeholders to be engaged and contribute to the solutions.”

Duraiappah’s comments came following the Friday arrest of Darnel Rhooms.

The 23-year-old Brampton resident was taken in by police following a raid where two loaded guns were found along with ammunition and drugs.

When arrested, Rhooms was charged with 25 offences including failure to comply with previous court orders, breach of probation, breaking and entering and others as well as the weapon charges.

“This arrest, involving a high-risk individual already on bail for serious firearm offences, highlights the need for our justice system participants to work together,” said Duraiappah.

In a post on social media, Duraiappah pointed out the accused has seen multiple releases for alleged other violent offences in the past such as being found at a scene of a homicide, pointing a gun at an officer and carjacking. He also allegedly left the province following a previous release.

“Charged, released, his GPS bracelet later allowed off. Extreme risk & back out again; Then arrested for this? Police/Crown (attorney) can only do so much,” the chief said on Twitter.

Police are continuing their investigation focussing on other incidents in Brampton earlier this year.

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