14 YEAR OLD RAPED IN JAIL CELL BY POLICE OFFICER
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - March 20, 2019 (LSN) FORMER SHOAL LAKE 39 CHIEF ELI MANDAMIN RELEASED ON BAIL AGAIN AFTER ALLEGED BREACHES.
MANDAMIN PLEAD GUILTY TO HAVING SEX WITH A 14 YEAR OLD PAULINE FAIR WHILE SHE WAS IN A JAIL CELL AND HE WAS A POLICE OFFICER. HE AWAITS SENTENCING ON THAT CHARGE.
PAULINE WAS A VIRGIN, BECAME PREGNANT AND GAVE BIRTH AFTER ELI WAS FINISHED WITH HER.
RAPE VICTIM PAULINE FAIR WAIVED A PUBLICATION BAN ON HER NAME
A 60 year old ELI MANDAMIN appeared in Thunder Bay Bail Courtroom 103 on Friday March 15,2019 before Justice of the Peace Zelda Kitchekeesic to try get released on bail. Crown Attorney Jane Ann McGill was present along with Defence Attorney Richard Garrett.
Ojibway interpreter Donald Wayne Kelly is also present. Kelly, a former teacher is just one of two Ojibway language specialists in Canada.
MANDAMIN was arrested by Thunder Bay Police on February 14, 2019 on allegations of assault and failure to comply with bail conditions.
There is a publication ban on evidence and testimony presented at the hearing, but Defence Attorney Richard Garrett successfully argues why his client should be released.
MANDAMIN is at the top of the Bail Ladder. He has to reside at the John Howard Bail Supervision program under numerous conditions.
MANDAMIN had been free on bail awaiting sentencing on a historical sex crime from the 1980s. He pleaded guilty in February 2018 to having sex with a minor between 14 and 16 years of age, after which a rape charge was withdrawn. MANDAMIN will be sentenced later this year on that charge.
He’s facing a penitentiary sentence.
VICTIM PAULINE FAIR WAIVED A PUBLICATION BAN ON HER NAME
Fair was 14 when she said MANDAMIN – then a special constable with the Ontario Provincial Police – took her to the building that served as the community detachment.
She says something caused her to black out and she awoke with him on top of her, assaulting her.
Fair became pregnant and gave birth to a son, which kept her from reporting the crime for decades.
She was protecting her son.
Pauline Fair breaks silence about the dark secret that changed her life
Pauline Fair watched her father get shot and killed at age seven, but there were more tragedies to follow. The mother of Clifford Fair, killed in 2008, reveals the whole story about her son’s tragic birth, life and death.
A London woman whose son was killed by an acquaintance, who then chopped up the body and buried it in a backyard in Woodstock, is pulling back the curtain on a dark chapter that changed the course of her life.
It was Clifford Fair’s brutal death nearly a decade ago that spurred Pauline Fair to begin her journey for justice. She wants people in the community where she was raised, a small First Nation in northwestern Ontario, and the city where she now lives to know what happened to her when she was 14 years old.
Born in Kenora in 1966, Fair was the eldest of five sisters who lived with their parents on the Shoal Lake 40 First Nation west of Kenora.
Her parents struggled with alcohol and her mother was often abused by her father.
“All I saw was violence and drinking parties. Abuse I saw all the time,” Fair recalled. “I had to watch my four younger sisters at the same time and keep them safe.”
She said she saw her uncle shoot and kill her father, his brother and cousin during a violent altercation involving alcohol when she was seven years old.
After that, life became even more of a roller-coaster ride, with her mother, now deceased, constantly away, drinking, Fair said.
There was little food, and she remembers dragging the stove closer to the bedroom so she could use the oven to keep her sisters warm.
By the age of 14, Fair was living in a foster home in Kenora and attending high school. She decided she couldn’t stand it any longer and returned to the reserve.
She was celebrating a birthday with friends when police arrived to pick her up and take her back to school.
After putting up a fight, Fair said several OPP officers, including First Nations officer Eli Mandamin, dragged her away.
Fair said she ended up in a cell at a police station on Shoal Lake 39 First Nation that is near Shoal Lake 40.
She said she remembers standing in the police station office outside the cells and an officer hit her on the head. She passed out and woke up later to find Mandamin on top of her.
“I remember he cuffed my hands and hit me in the head and I remember he forced himself on me,” she said. “The pain was there and then I passed out again. When I came to I was trying to fight him and then I was trying to get my clothes on and I don’t remember anything else.”
Police, she said, dropped her off in front of her grandparent’s home.
Fair said she had no inkling that she would become pregnant from that encounter.
“It never crossed my mind, I was only 14 years old.”
Eventually she was informed by people at her group home that she was pregnant.
In November 1981, about eight months after the incident, she gave birth to Clifford in Kenora and set about raising him.
“I wasn’t going to give him up because it wasn’t his fault,” she said. “All I did was work and take care of him.”
Fair said she never told anyone what Mandamin did to her.
“I never said a word,” she said. “And I never saw him again until the courthouse in Woodstock.”
Pauline and Clifford’s connection to Oxford County, which would eventually lead them to move to Woodstock, began in 1998.
Former Ingersoll resident Heather Meadows, who would become Clifford’s stepmother and Pauline’s longtime partner, moved to Shoal Lake that year to begin her teaching career.
“When I arrived at Shoal Lake and was waiting for a barge, Clifford and his grandfather were there to meet us,” Meadows said. “He met us with hugs and showed us around. He was friendly, outgoing and fun. And he was kind.”
Looking for a fresh start, Fair moved with Meadows to Woodstock in July 2002. Though they split several years later, Meadows is still supporting Fair and caring for Clifford Fair’s son A.J.
Clifford Fair, who worked in a specialized trade as a hoof trimmer, arrived in Woodstock in September 2002 soon after with his partner and A.J., then a baby.
In Woodstock, Meadows said her family accepted Clifford “with open arms.”
One day in the fall of 2008, Clifford Fair showed up at his friend Amy Gilbert’s apartment in Woodstock. Gilbert lived with a man named John Robinson in the apartment on Princess Street. Both alcoholics who suffered from mental illness, their relationship was often turbulent.
The three began drinking beer. Robinson, who may have been jealous of Fair, suggested to him several times that he should leave. Fair dismissed the idea.
Robinson hit Fair from behind over the head with an aluminum pipe covered with a towel. After a second blow, Fair died almost instantly. Robinson eventually dismembered the body and buried parts in several locations in the backyard.
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Pauline Fair was heartbroken over her son’s death.
“My mind was all over the place,” she said. “Not only did I know what happened but I also knew what I had to do.”
She started to tell police what had happened to her in 1981 when she was taken to the OPP station.
“The day after I buried my son I went to file charges,” she said.
For several years, it was difficult to get police to listen or do anything about her complaint about being raped by Mandamin.
Mandamin, meanwhile, had become grand chief of Shoal Lake 39 First Nation. He travelled to Woodstock after he learned Clifford Fair had been killed. In a tragic twist, Mandamin’s other son, Eli Mandamin, Jr., was murdered in Winnipeg on Valentine’s Day four years later.
Pauline Fair said Mandamin likely knew about her son, but wasn’t aware of any contact between her son and him.
In December 2014, Fair, with the help of Kenora lawyer Elaine Bright, filed a lawsuit seeking damages of $1.2 million from the province, Mandamin, another OPP officer and the Iskatewizaagegan First Nation, the official name for Shoal Lake 39.
According to a statement of claim filed in Kenora, Kenora OPP advised Fair in 2008 visit that “she was not to discuss the case with anyone.”
Despite several phone calls by Fair, no action was taken, the statement of claim says.
Nor did the OPP offer to connect Fair with any services for victims of sexual assault in 2008 or since that time, the lawsuit alleges.
Bright approached Fair 2012 to help her seek justice.
After a statement of claim was issued, OPP became involved and charged Mandamin in 2015 with rape and sexual intercourse with a female between 14 and 16 years. Fair wasn’t identified as the complainant because her identity was protected by a publication ban.
“Since then it’s been my understanding that the OPP have rigorously pursued the charges,” Bright said. “Police have kept her very well informed.”
DNA testing done as part of the investigation of Fair’s allegations proved Mandamin was the biological father of Clifford Fair.
Mandamin, who was voted out as chief in 2014, pleaded guilty Feb. 2 in Kenora to having sexual intercourse with a female between the ages of 14 and 16.
“It has been an extremely difficult time for my client,” Bright said. “That’s because not only did she have to testify at the preliminary inquiry last year, but at the same time she learned the Ontario Court of Appeal had ordered a new trial (in the John Robinson case).”
Robinson was sentenced last week to 15 years after pleading guilty to manslaughter. He will spend another two years in jail before he is released.
Meadows and Pauline Fair criticized the sentence, with Meadows saying Robinson was “getting away with murder.”
“It’s heartbreaking for everybody,” she said. “I’m grateful for every minute I had with Clifford.”
Pauline Fair, who is now 51, moved to London in 2013 because of “very bad memories” in Woodstock. She also needed to access supports, groups and services such as those offered at My Sisters’ Place, as well as other agencies.
She struggled with anxiety and sometimes addiction.
She has a hard time even saying Mandamin’s name and refers to him only as “the donor” or E.M.
“He changed the course of my life,” she said. “All of a sudden I had a kid, when I was a kid myself.”
But, she said, she is glad she had her son.
“Cliff was the most important person in my life,” she said. “I loved my son with my all and did everything for him.”
- with files from Woodstock Sentinel-Review, London Free Press and Kenora Online.
Photo by Derek Ruttan, The London Free Press