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Accused of sexual assault: Dominique Laroche wants the proceedings to be stopped

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Dominique Laroche at the Quebec courthouse, July 21, 2022.

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L'ex- Freestyle skier Dominique Laroche, who faces a series of accusations of a sexual nature, is calling for his trial to be annulled. He claims that the police violated his rights.

The 63-year-old man was arrested at his home in Lac-Beauport on the morning of June 21, 2021, before being taken to the headquarters of the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), from where he went out at the end of the evening the same day.

He was seen from 9:13 a.m. to 8:23 p.m., lasting more than 11 hours, indicates his request for a stay of proceedings which will be debated at the Quebec courthouse starting Monday.

According to his lawyer, Me Stéphanie Pelletier-Quirion, the police violated Mr. Laroche's constitutional rights which grant him the right to silence and protect him against arbitrary detention.

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Dominique Laroche, smiling, before entering the courtroom during his preliminary investigation, in February 2023. He is accompanied by his lawyer, Me Stéphanie Pelletier-Quirion.

From the first minutes of this meeting, the applicant manifests that he wants to remain silent, writes Mr. Pelletier-Quirion in the application, adding that his client repeats this explicitly and clearly for nearly fifty years. repeated during the meeting.

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After receiving a complaint from a young woman who claims to have been assaulted from the age of 13, the police obtained an arrest warrant against Dominique Laroche.

According to the defense's claims, such a warrant required the police to release him quickly following his arrest, after giving him a promise to appear.

Using the targeted arrest warrant to carry out an interrogation is a police ruse.

A quote from Excerpt from the motion for a stay of proceedings

According to Mr. Pelletier-Quirion, it is surprising and even rather shocking that the police detained Mr. Laroche since nothing authorized them to do so.

The motion does not call into question Mr. Laroche's right to a fair trial, but rather denounces a case where the conduct of the State risks undermining the integrity of the judicial process, the defense claims.< /p>

Dominique Laroche is accused of sexual interference, incitement to sexual contact and sexual assault, while the complainant was between 13 and 25 years old.

If the alleged crimes are serious, a trial cannot compensate for the significant violations committed by the police to the detriment of the applicant's rights, argues Mr. Pelletier-Quirion, who requests an end to the proceedings.

The Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DPCP) defends the work of the police and requests the dismissal of the request.

In his written reply, the DPCP prosecutor, Me Michel Bérubé, maintains that the rights of the accused have not been violated. He argues that if the court came to such a conclusion, stopping the proceedings would constitute a clearly exaggerated measure.

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Me Michel Bérubé, prosecutor for the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions. (Archive photo)

The hearing of the motion must take place all week before Judge Marie-Claude Gilbert of the Court of Quebec.

If the defense's attempt were to fail, no hearing date has yet been determined for the holding of the hearing. x27;a possible trial, almost 30 months after the start of the proceedings.

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