The judicial year 2018 has been full of twists and turns and several criminal cases will keep us in suspense for next year. If the criminal proceedings against Alexander Bissonnette, Gilbert Rozon, and Bertrand Charest are those which have received attention during the year that has just ended, they are not finished and will still flow from the ink in 2019.
Gilbert Rozon and Courageous
Several women who claim to have been assaulted or sexually harassed by the founder of the Just for laughs have requested — and obtained — permission to bring a collective action against him in may last. Judge Donald Bisson of the superior Court has granted the group of women the right to claim, in the name of all “the persons who assaulted and/or sexually harassed by Gilbert Rozon”, up to $ 10 million in punitive damages, plus moral damages and pecuniary.
According to The Brave, the name that was given to the group of women who accuse a man of affairs, the latter would have made at least 20 victims over a period of 34 years, from 1982 to 2016. This number would only be “the tip of the iceberg”, is it alleged in their petition to the court. Gilbert Rozon was, however, obtained permission to go into appeal against the authorisation of collective action.
Several women had also filed complaints with the police against Rozon. In December of this year, the Director of criminal and penal prosecutions (DPCP) has evaluated 14 of these complaints, but has not filed charges for one of them : rape and indecent assault, for actions dating back to 1979. The result of this decision, many voices were raised to request that the judicial process complaints of sexual assault be reviewed; otherwise, it is equivalent, they say, to say to the victims that there is nothing to report.
Alexandre Bissonnette was to stand trial in march for having opened fire in the prayer hall of the Great Mosque of Quebec, killing six men and injuring numerous others.
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The young man 28 years old had to stand trial in march for having opened fire in the prayer hall of the Great Mosque of Quebec, one evening in January 2017, killing six men and injuring numerous others. But a reversal of the last minute has happened : he has pleaded guilty the day his trial was due to open in march 2018. The attention then turned to the process of determining his sentence. Because he has pleaded guilty to the murders, he receives automatically a sentence of life in prison. It was then up to the judge to decide how many years he must spend behind bars before being eligible for parole. The Crown requests that he be ineligible for a 150 years — 25 years for each person killed. The defence pleaded that it would be a “sentence of death by incarceration” and requested that it be eligible after 25 years.
The judge will make known his decision — very much expected — the February 8, 2019.
Amelie-Frederique Gagnon, Gail Kelly, Anna Prchal and Geneviève Simard are part of the victims of the ex-ski coach Bertrand Charest.
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In 2018, the ex-ski coach has appealed his conviction and his sentence of 12 years in prison for sexual assault on young athletes minor which were under his responsibility. The appeal process is ongoing.
But in mid-December, another development has occurred : three of the victims of Charest decided to pursue damages his employer of the time, Alpine Canada, because they argue that the sports federation has not done anything to protect them and preferred to close his eyes — to protect her image and keep the sponsors. Geneviève Simard, Gail Kelly and Anna Prchal, demands of the sports federation each $ 300,000 in compensatory damages for the abuse psychological, physical, and sexual that they have suffered and $ 150,000 in punitive damages.
His trial began in November and is scheduled to continue at the beginning of the year 2019. Accused of the murder of his two small daughters, Amanda, 9 years old, and Sabrina, 8 years old, the wife of 52-year-old is tried by a jury. What is special in this case? The two sisters were found to have been elongated by ground, coast to coast, in the games room family residence-Laval, no signs or traces of violence : their cause of death has not been determined. Before the death of the two girls, Mrs., Sister had attempted suicide after her husband, referred to by the anti-mafia operation Colisée, was a party on the run. The theory of the Crown was that Ms. Sorella had the exclusive opportunity to commit the murder of his daughters.
Audrey Gagnon has been charged with second-degree murder and interfering with a corpse on her 2 year old daughter, Rosalie.
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Audrey Gagnon and the petite Rosalie
This story has horrified the province of Quebec in 2018. The small-Rosalie Gagnon, aged two years, was found dead in a bin in Charlesbourg, last April. His mother, Audrey Gagnon, was charged with second-degree murder and interfering with a corpse. An autopsy had determined that the child was stabbed several times.
The criminal proceedings are ongoing in 2019 against the 23-year old woman.
Nobody can forget the oil train that rolled down the slope leading to the small town of Lac-Mégantic, killing 47 people.
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Nobody can forget the oil train that rolled down the slope leading to the small town of Lac-Mégantic, killing 47 people when it derailed and exploded July 6, 2013. Three men have been arrested after the tragedy and accused of criminal acts. It was the train conductor Thomas Harding, controller rail, Richard Labrie and the operations director of the MMA in Quebec, Jean Demaître. They have all been acquitted by a jury at the beginning of the month of January. They had pleaded not guilty to all charges of criminal negligence causing death.
The Director of criminal and penal prosecutions had decided not to appeal verdicts of acquittal.
The visitors Mélina Roberge and Isabelle Lagacé were arrested for importing cocaine at the end of a luxurious cruise having carried out up to Sidney in Australia.
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The visitors Mélina Roberge and Isabelle Lagacé
The two young people in Quebec are being shut down in 2016 for importation of cocaine at the end of a luxurious cruise having carried out up to Sidney in Australia. A part of the 95 kg of the drug hidden on the boat has been found in a suitcase in their cabin. After he posted beautiful photos of their trips in many countries, they are found in the shade of a prison australian. The folder ended when Melina Roberge was hit in 2018 to eight years in prison. Isabelle Lagacé had previously received a sentence of seven and a half years in prison. The other Quebecers in this affair, André Tamine, will spend 8 years and 5 months behind bars. They had all pleaded guilty.
The owner of a pitbull that has disfigured a young girl of 7 years old in a park of Brossard in 2015, Karim Jean Gilles, was sentenced in march 2018, a sentence of four years in penitentiary.
This sentence “severe” was imposed by the judge to punish “his moral culpability is very high,” and also to denounce and deter crimes committed against minors, especially as in this case, the victim was only 7 years old, had pointed to the judge Pierre Bélisle, of the Court of Québec, in making its decision. According to him, it is a case of “gross negligence and extreme”. Karim Jean Gilles did not testify at his trial nor witnesses.