~ Formerly S8871/08 (Otavnik Vs Sinclair and Kinsman Robinson Galleries)
"RECORD & SUPPLEMENTARY RECORD OF ARREST"
C.E. #: 2310342-1; Arrest #: 1750797 /Click on image for .PDF document/
SYNOPSIS FOR A GUILTY PLEA:
CHARGE: CRIMINAL HARASSMENT C.C 264 (1), (2) (b)
DATE/TIME: BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 3, 2010 - DECEMBER 18, 2010
LOCATION: 118 SCOLLARD STREET TORONTO
VICTIM: JOSEPH McLEOD ( 81 YRS )
The victim operates an art gallery focusing on the work of Native Artists, some time ago the victim was called as a witness in a civil matter between the accused and the owner of a painting by the name of Joseph Otavnik.
The case involved the accused claiming the painting to be false, whereas the victim in this matter testified that the painting was authentic.
This civil case is still before the courts however since the time the victim testified, the accused began a campaign of harassment towards him, which included bursting into the victim's art gallery shouting verbal threats such as "I'm going to take you down", . " I'm going to shut down the Morrisseau market", ." I'm going to ruin you".
The accused appeared on the gallery's veranda setting off alarms in the middle of the night and approaching the victim on the street shouting at the victim in a threatening manner.
The victim finally contacted police on Sept 2nd 2010 (Occurrence #3483703) to report the harassment.
Police contacted the accused on this date at which time officer Miller #65724 of the Toronto Police Service verbally cautioned the accused to have no further contact with the victim outside the confines of the ongoing civil court matter.
The victim reports that since the accused was cautioned by police on Sept 3rd, 2010 to have no further contact with the victim, the accused before the court has confronted the accused approximately six times on the street, accosting him verbally in a threatening manner.
On Friday December 17th, 2010 at approximately 1430hrs, the accused approached the victim once again on Scollard Street outside of the victim's art gallery.
The accused jumped out of a parked car and began shouting at the victim and lunging at him with papers and taking his picture with a cell phone.
The victim managed to get inside the gallery with the accused attempting to follow however he was stopped by the victim's daughter who was present during the incident.
The accused dropped the papers on the ground, returned to his car and left the scene.
On Saturday December the 18th, 2010 the victim once again called police to report the continued harassment. Police made contact with the accused at which time the accused agreed to attend the police station.
On Saturday December 18th, 2010 at approximately 2205hrs the accused arrived at 53 Division where he was arrested for Criminal Harassment and charged accordingly.
ADDITIONAL NOTES: Read the following to learn more about an individual who single-handedly caused the greatest harm to the Norval Morrisseau Art Market and whose name is infamously connected with the Legacy of Norval Morrisseau:
* To read a letter which Ritchie R. Sinclair directed to the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper spreading disinformation and propaganda concerning 'thousands of fake Morrisseau's in the market' which never existed click HERE.
* To read about Ritchie R. Sinclair's attempt to defame the character of Mr. Robert Lavack, who was a World War II veteran & Norval Morrisseau's friend, click HERE & HERE;
* To read about Ritchie R. Sinclair's incompetent jelaous behaviour towards Norval Morrisseau's body of work click HERE,
* To read an instance when Norval Morrisseau expressed his dissatisfaction with Ritchie R. Sinclair click HERE &
* To read about Ritchie R. Sinclair's contradictory and disrespectful behaviour towards Ugo Matulić a.k.a. Spirit Walker, Blog Master of the NORVAL MORRISSEAU BLOG click HERE.
BLOG MASTER'S COMMENTS: It is hard to explain why Ritchie R. Sinclair was supported by Donald C. Robinson of Kinsman Robinson Galleries in this court case Otavnik Vs Sinclair SC 09-00082782-0000 considering the following:
>>> A while ago John MacGregor Newman, associate director of Kinsman Robinson Galleries (KRG) interviewed Ritchie R. Sinclair and three excerpts from that interview had been presented at genuinemorrisseau.blogspot.com and since then they have been deleted by the KRG blog editors.-
I was quite surprised when I saw the post titled "Memorable moments with Norval" (04/04/2009) from the KRG blog. Where it was shown that in September 1997, Norval Morrisseau made a trip to the Kinsman Robinson Galleries to attend a book launch for "Norval Morrisseau: Travels to the House of Invention" (1997). Where he met, together with Gabor M. Vadas, Ritchie R. Sinclair and even had a supper with Donald C. Robinson's family. (click HERE to view unedited version of the "Memorable moments with Norval" and corresponding comments including a comment of Ritchie R. Sinclair which has also been deleted by the KRG blog editors).
Also, no traces referring to Ritchie R. Sinclair could be found on the KRG blog archive anymore!?
However, Donald C. Robinson compiled for Ritchie R. Sinclair a so-called "Expert Report" which was submitted to the court, entitled "Examination into the Authenticity of an Alleged 1970's Morrisseau Painting."
Donald C. Robinson in this report recognized Ritchie R. Sinclair for his efforts to identify Norval Morrisseau's true artistic legacy. He also acknowledged "Bryant Ross, Coghlan Art Gallery & Studio, Aldergrove, B.C. and Dr. Jonathan Browne, Ottawa, for their willingness to go on the record and speak out publicly about the proliferation of Morrisseau fakes. Both Bryant Ross, and Dr. Browne through his website "www.morrisseaubuyersbeware.com" warned and educated an unsuspecting public" and he "recognized and applauded all the volunteer members of the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society" (see page 74).
He states in his 'Preface' (see page 2) that he is "not receiving any monetary or other compensation from the defendant". Since the report is 74 pages long, with an additional 39 pages in the Appendix, he obviously spent several weeks of his valuable time compiling this report for a person whose defamatory actions he no longer publicly endorses on his Kinsman Robinson corporate website. His report contains many unverified claims, and no forensic analysis was done.
Under questioning by Mr. Otavnik, Mr. Robinson admitted, without reservation, (transcripts pages 152-153) that in analysing Mr. Otavnik’s painting, he had not done paint analysis (to assess age), that he “didn’t do any scientific tests” at all, and that he had no education or qualifications in handwriting analysis, saying “I am not a handwriting analysis expert.” Yet he called the Morrisseau signature fake too.
He agreed the report was only his opinion and implied that he didn’t need science to be allowed to hold any opinion he wished. This reduces his expertise to the same level as Ritchie Sinclair, demanding, as a right, to make wildly opinionated charges with no scientific evidence to back them up.
One wonders why a prominent art gallery owner like Mr. Robinson would possibly spend several weeks compiling a report for Ritchie R. Sinclair, a person whose work he does not publicly endorses, and an artist whom he chooses not to represent in his gallery?
As noted in this post Ritchie R. Sinclair criminally harassed key witness in this court case, Mr. Joseph McLeod of Maslak McLeod Gallery, who happens to be a main Kinsman Robinson Gallery's competiotor in sales of Norval Morrisseau's artwork.
~ click HERE for aditional information and/or click HERE to read about incident at Kinsman Robinson Galleries involving American art collectors and artwok from Maslak McLeod Gallery...
Both, Donald C. Robinson and Mr. Joseph McLeod are considered experts in Norval Morrisseau's artwork and they testified in the most significant court case involving art of Norval Morrisseau: Zelinski, Whent, Pustina v. The Queen, (No. 92-424); click HERE.
NOTES: After the post 'Changing Faces of Ritchie "Stardreamer" Sinclair (Part VII)'. It was exposed that Ritchie R. Sinclair labeled several of Norval Morrisseau's paintings as "Inferior Counterfeit Morrisseaus"! Ritchie R. Sinclair tried to post the folowing comment on this platform which I refused to publish:
>>> Because I am an artist >>> The one Morrisseau chose >>> none of you are painters (with the exception of his forger sons) and none of you spent years painting right beside the master.
I've been very patient with you Ugo because I thought you were worth the trouble.
>>>>> Those days are now over >>>
You have 24 Hours to take down your defamatory statements about me. Alternatively I will have your site taken down and sue you for defamation.
~ Click HERE to view the screen capture of this comment Ritchie R. Sinclair wanted to publish...
>>> Ritchie R. Sinclair has never sued me for defamation.
His accusations would not hold up in a court of law.
For a detailed explanation of the defamation laws of the province of Ontario click HERE to read 'THE LAW OF DEFAMATION' article. The law states: "Truth is a complete defence. Malice does not negate this defence. For the defence to succeed, however, the words must be true in substance and in fact and according to their natural and ordinary meaning."
- Who is Ritchie R. Sinclair a.k.a. Stardreamer?,
- >>> Otavnik Vs Sinclair SC 09-00082782-0000 (Part VI),
- >>> The Court Transcript Analysis: Otavnik Vs Sinclair... &