Arrested Tuesday morning, Mario Fortier was released under several conditions, Wednesday.
December 19, 2019 4: 00 am
Attack dogs: Mario Fortier released under a rain of conditions
The Voice of the East
The Césairois Mario Fortier, master of two dogs who violently attacked Genevieve Piacentini on the 26th of June last, was released on Wednesday, under several conditions.
Arrested Tuesday morning by the Department of investigations on the major crimes of the Sûreté du Québec to answer to a charge of criminal negligence causing bodily harm, the man had to commit to pay a deposit of 2000 $, not to change of address, to maintain peace and order, to present themselves before the court when required, not to communicate with the victim or to make mention of the case on the social networks.
In addition, it does not need to own or have custody of any animal or reside in a place where it is and it is strictly forbidden to have a weapon with restricted use, or even an imitation.
Standing up straight in the box of the accused before the judge Benoit Gariépy, the accused was handcuffed, dressed in a gray t-shirt and a black coat.
His appearance, which took place a little after 11 o’clock on Wednesday morning, lasted only a few minutes.
The Crown prosecutor on the record, to Me, Isabelle Morin, did not object to the release of the accused, given the very strict conditions that are imposed upon him.
“We feel satisfied with the commitments taken by mister “, she made it known to his exit from the courtroom.
The victim and his family and friends encouraged
Neither the victim or his relatives were present at the palais de justice in Saint-Hyacinthe.
The daughter of Mrs. Piacentini, Anne Castaigne, had reacted Tuesday to the arrest of Mr. Fortier. “For my part it is a relief. Justice must still take its course, it’s only at the start, but this first step encourages us “, she said to The Voice of the East.
Wednesday, in the middle of the afternoon, the quebec Association of victims of dog attacks, co-founded by Ms. Piacentini, has reacted to the arrest and the appearance of Mr. Fortier by press release.
“The AQVAC is encouraged by the charge of criminal negligence causing bodily harm brought against Mario Fortier, owner of dogs that attacked Ms. Genevieve Piacentini on the 26th of June last. This is an important step in empowering civil dog owners. We hope that this prosecution will help the case of Sylvie Tremblay in Trois-Rivières, one of the CPE-Child-Do of Orford, the de Pascale Girard attacked while she was working for the animal Services of The Vallée-du-Richelieu, and other “, a-t-you know.
Mr. Fortier is represented by Jocelyn Grenon.
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The case postponed until February
Mario Fortier, who has not yet recorded a plea to the charge against him, shall represent themselves before the Court on the 17th of February next for a hearing of pro format.
For the moment it is represented by Jocelyn Grenon. Having obtained the warrant, and the record of his client that morning, he declined to comment on the subject.
A guilty verdict for criminal negligence can lead to a sentence of imprisonment of up to ten years.
Recall that in its absence, on the afternoon of 26 June, the two dogs, Mr. Fortier had assaulted the Rougemontoise while she was stopped at the flea to see what there was to sell.
Then in a condition deemed critical, the lady has suffered significant lacerations to the upper body, in addition to having been scalped partially. If she narrowly avoided amputation, his state was, however, required a skin graft.
Captured by the SPA des Cantons, the dogs had to be euthanized a few weeks later.