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Toronto man who allegedly threw feces in public 3 times granted bail

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Man accused of throwing feces appears in packed Toronto courtroom
WATCH (Nov. 27): The man charged in connection to three disturbing assaults involving what police believe to be feces and urine appeared in a Toronto courtroom on Wednesday. Morganne Campbell reports – Nov 27, 2019

A Toronto man accused of throwing buckets of feces at people in three separate incidents was granted bail on Wednesday.

Samuel Opoku, 23, was charged with five counts of assault with a weapon and five counts of mischief interfering with property.

Opoku’s lawyer said his client is contending with mental health issues, but offered no details.

Jordan Weisz did not share the conditions of Opoku’s bail, but said the conditions were set after close collaboration between Crown and defence lawyers as well as the judge.

Toronto police said the first incident took place Nov. 22 at the University of Toronto’s Robarts Research Library. The second incident took place two days later at York University’s Scott Library.

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In both incidents, police said a man allegedly threw fecal matter at students.

The third incident happened again outside of the University of Toronto on Nov. 25.

READ MORE: Alleged Toronto feces assailant arrested following 3 incidents

Officers were called to College Street, just west of University Avenue, shortly before midnight with reports a bucket of feces was dumped on a woman walking down the street.

Opoku was arrested on Nov. 26 at around 6 p.m. in the area of Spadina Avenue and Queen Street West.

Court documents obtained by Global News showed that Opoku was convicted of criminal harassment on March 8, 2017, in Hamilton. He was given a suspended sentence and put on probation for two years.

Opoku also had to submit his DNA to the DNA databank, and was given a lifetime weapons prohibition. Since being sentenced, he was also convicted twice for failing to comply with his probation.

With files from Gabby Rodrigues and The Canadian Press

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