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Man accused of killing OPP officer had been initially denied bail in other case

December 29, 2022  By The Canadian Press

Dec. 29, 2022, Hamilton, Ont. – Court documents show the man accused of killing an Ontario Provincial Police officer had been initially denied bail, and was later granted it upon review, in a separate case months before the alleged shooting.

The documents show 25-year-old Randall McKenzie was denied bail in December 2021 as he awaited trial in Hamilton on a number of charges including assault, assaulting a peace officer, and several firearms offences.

The documents show that the decision was reviewed and McKenzie was granted bail in June under strict conditions, including that he wear a GPS monitor, live with his surety and report to police twice a week.

The documents do not detail the reasons for either decision, but they show a judge issued a warrant for his arrest in August after McKenzie failed to appear for a scheduled court appearance.


McKenzie and 30-year-old Brandi Crystal Lyn Stewart-Sperry are each facing a charge of first-degree murder in the death of OPP Const. Grzegorz Pierzchala.

Police say Pierzchala was shot dead when he responded to a call about a vehicle in a ditch just west of Hagersville, Ont., Tuesday afternoon.

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