Cobourg Police – Charges laid following hate-motivated incident in Cobourg

Investigators with the Cobourg Police Service Criminal Investigations Branch, supported by uniform patrol, have charged a Cobourg man following a hate-motivated incident in the Town of Cobourg.

On July 10, 2021, members of the Cobourg Police Service responded to a business in the north end of  Cobourg.  Officers learned that a man damaged a sign at the business, yelled at one of the employees, then robbed the employee of an item of religious significance and threatened the employee’s life.

As a result of the investigation, police identified and arrested Daniel Annesley, a 51-year old Cobourg resident. He was charged with the following:

  1. Enter premises when entry prohibited – contrary to section 2(1)(a)(i) of the Trespass to Property Act x 2
  2. Mischief under $5000 – contrary to section 430(4) of the Criminal Code of Canada
  3. Weapons Dangerous – contrary to section 88 of the Criminal Code of Canada
  4. Utter Death Threats – contrary to section 264.1(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada
  5. Robbery contrary to section 343(d) of the Criminal Code of Canada
  6. Possession of Property Obtained by Crime – contrary to section 355(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada

The incident is believed to be hate-motivated, and those elements will be brought forward during the court process. Annesley appeared at a bail hearing on July 10, 2021, and was later released with a future court date.

The Cobourg Police Service (CPS) is aware that hate-motivated incidents are often not reported. We want to assure the community that we take these incidents seriously and investigate all reports received. Residents are encouraged to report any incident they believe may be motivated by hate or discrimination.

“These behaviours are not welcomed in our community, and we do not tolerate hate crime in any form. Those who victimize individuals based on race, national or ethnic origin, language, colour, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or mental or physical disability will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” – Chief Paul VandeGraaf, Cobourg Police Service

CPS believes that working together with our citizens to celebrate diversity and promote inclusion builds stronger and safer communities. Cobourg Police will continue to work with all partners for a safe and inclusive community, ensuring the wellbeing and safety of our citizens remains our top priority.  

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Linney at 905-372-6821 ext. 2229 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips, or online at

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