A career criminal convicted of acts of extreme violence risks being declared a dangerous offender, in particular for having disfigured a man with his fists.
In August 2018, Tim Smith, who led the illegal drug trade in Saint-Georges, Beauce, savagely beat, threatened and robbed a young local boxer, who cannot be named due to an order. of non-publication. The latter refused to work for him. To convince him further, Smith threatened to burn down his trainer’s house and “take care” of the latter’s children.
The boxer and trainer ended up filing a complaint with the police, and soon after, Smith was arrested and his home raided. Just over $ 130,000 in cash, 2 kilos of cocaine, about a kilo of hashish and around 20 pounds of cannabis were seized during the operation.
A few days after his arrest, three vehicles parked at the coach’s house as well as the latter’s garage were set on fire during the night. It will be proven in court that Smith ordered this wrongdoing, as retaliation.
In April 2020, following a trial in Superior Court in this matter, Tim Smith was sentenced to nine years in jail.
But there is more. Following complaints from the boxer and his trainer, tongues have been loosened about crimes committed by Smith previously. Two individuals who were beaten up by the criminal also filed a complaint against him, which earned him another trial, held at the same time as the first, but this time before the Court of Quebec.
According to what was said in court, Smith shows up at Randy Guenette’s home on April 7, 2018 with the intention of learning where he obtains the cocaine he uses. Smith had a monopoly on traffic in Saint-Georges and did not tolerate any competition. Guenette replies: “It’s none of your business.” Smith then hits Guenette on the head and the latter responds by hitting him in the face. A henchman supports Smith, and a fight ensues in which the trafficker has the upper hand and disfigures Guenette after ten punches.
The other complainant, Christopher Bonneau, said he was beaten in the summer of 2018, but details of the assault were not disclosed as the accused ultimately admitted his guilt before the evidence was released. .
Smith, currently 31, is awaiting sentence in the Guenette and Bonneau cases.
These two trials are added to the file of the thief who was sentenced in 2008 and 2010 to prison terms for cases of drugs, aggravated assault, armed assault and conspiracy, in particular. He was also convicted of threats in 2016.
However, at the end of November, during his last appearance at the Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce courthouse, the Crown prosecutor, Me Audrey Roy-Cloutier, filed a request for an assessment to determine whether he should be declared a dangerous offender. This would allow the judiciary to better control the individual and better protect the public, by keeping him behind bars for an “indefinite period” as permitted by law, which does not exclude life imprisonment if he does. fails to demonstrate improvements during detention.
“To be declared a dangerous offender, you must have served two federal prison sentences and have committed crimes of a violent nature, have caused serious personal injury”, underlined Me Roy-Cloutier, while ensuring that Tim Smith complies with these criteria.
The docket judge accepted the Crown’s request and Smith will undergo an assessment at the Philippe-Pinel National Institute of Forensic Psychiatry, a process that could take a few months and that further delays the sentencing of his second trial . The criminal should therefore return to court at the beginning of 2021 to know the result of his assessment and to receive his sentence.
At the end of the 2018-2019 fiscal year, there were 114 active dangerous offenders in Quebec, including 92 behind bars for an indefinite period, according to data obtained from Correctional Service Canada. For Canada as a whole, there were 826, of which 655 were sentenced to indefinite terms.