Nine years in prison for a torturing father

Nine years in prison for a torturing father

The Gatineau father received a two-year sentence for forcible confinement and an additional seven years for criminal negligence causing the death of his teenager.

Share November 4, 2020 8:49 p.m. Updated at 10:36 p.m. Share Nine years in prison for a torturing fatherNine years in prison for a torturing father

Louis-Denis Ebacher Le Droit A father who forced his children to “stand at attention” for hours in the hallway of the family home in order to discipline them will spend the next nine years in prison. The 53-year-old Gatineau resident received his sentence for causing the death of his son through criminal negligence, and for having sequestered the siblings in the summer of 2017.

Judge Mark Philippe of the Court of Quebec rendered his decision Wednesday at the Gatineau courthouse.

The accused, who cannot be named so as not to identify his children, receives a sentence of two years for forcible confinement and an additional seven years for criminal negligence causing the death of his teenager.

Since the arrest of the dark individual, one of the children has been entrusted to social services, while the third child, who is now of age, is flying on his own.

The victim died on August 30, 2017 from an untreated leg injury. The father would not have taken the necessary means to have this injury treated by medical teams.

The victim eventually developed significant breathing problems from this untreated injury before passing away.

The father allegedly prevented his child's visit to the hospital by asserting that the latter was acting. According to the surviving children, the father had been preventing them from having a normal life since 2016. They would have had only very limited access to the outside world.

The children, terrified by their father, were forced to “stand at attention” before speaking or asking for food. The children told Gatineau police that they had been confined to their room since 2016, 24 hours a day, except for very rare outings, near their residence in the Gatineau sector.

They even needed permission to go to the bathroom.

The Crown prosecutor, Me Marie-Josée Genest, requested a sentence of 10 to 14 years in penitentiary. She said she was satisfied with Judge Philippe's decision.

The defense lawyer, Me Jacques Belley, was asking for a four-year sentence. The latter is studying the possibility of appealing the sentence imposed.

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