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Many trials are to follow in 2024: homicide cases in Gatineau and eastern Ontario, as well as the trials of the organizers of the truckers' convoy.

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2024 will be a busy year at courthouses across the National Capital Region. We will monitor, among other things, several homicide cases in Gatineau and eastern Ontario, including the murder of a police officer in Bourget, as well as the trials of the organizers of the truckers' convoy.

The Service de police de la Ville de Gatineau (SPVG) experienced an eventful summer with three homicides between July 21 and August 2.

Two 19-year-old men, Colin Lamarche and Isaac Lortie, have been arrested following the murder of 58-year-old Jano Gravelle. Initially accused of first degree murder, Colin Lamarche saw his charge reduced to second degree murder in mid-December.

The prosecutor for the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DPCP), Me Marie-Claude Daoust, explained that this decision was taken in order to more faithfully reflect the evidence collected during the investigation.

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His accomplice must answer, among other things, to a charge of accessory after the fact.

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Jano Gravelle died in broad daylight near the Galeries de Hull. (File photo)

A 46-year-old woman, Mélanie Lagrois, was later charged with manslaughter in connection with Eric's murder Madore, 49 years old. The police had contextualized the event as being an altercation between people who […] were gathered.

Then, a 56-year-old from Gatineau, Simon Brossoit, already well known to the police, saw his legal file increase this summer with, among other things, charges of second-degree murder in connection with the death of Steve Servant , 31 years.

At this time, we are still in the preliminary stages of these files. It is often one of the first steps in the legal process, indicated the chief prosecutor of the DPCP for western Quebec, Pierre-Olivier Gagnon.

A preliminary hearing is a hearing where the prosecution's evidence is presented to the judge, who must then determine whether it is sufficient and valid to hold a trial. The goal is not to determine the guilt of the accused.

It is still too early for the DPCP to predict when these trials will begin. One thing is certain, Mr. Gagnon is well aware that the Jordan decision forces the public prosecutor not to let these files extend.

For a file of murder, the State must bring the person to trial within 30 months [from] the time he was charged so that he can be tried within a reasonable time.

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It is too early for Me Gagnon and the DPCP to be able to advance a trial date for the accused of three homicides that occurred in Gatineau this summer. (File photo)

A car accident that left two people dead shook residents in the Buckingham area over the Thanksgiving weekend.

The driver, Jason Chénier-Beaulne, faces several charges, including dangerous driving causing death and driving while impaired causing death. death.

As is the case when a file is still ongoing, the DPCP must exercise caution when commenting on it publicly. Me Gagnon nevertheless believes that depending on the direction that will be taken by the accused and his lawyer, it is very likely […] that the year 2024 certainly risks bringing legal proceedings in this file.

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The collision, which left two people dead, occurred at the corner of Buckingham Avenue and Maclaren Street, in Gatineau. (File photo)

At the end of March 2023, the filing of 40 charges against six pedophile hunters caused a lot of ink to flow.

The SPVG became interested in this group after receiving around ten reports from worried residents or who were victims of the group. The police force had also warned the population that it did not encourage this initiative to hunt suspected pedophiles.

The prosecutor and spokesperson for the DPCP, Audrey Roy-Cloutier, also wanted to point out that people who try to trap or pin down people who commit offenses […] can themselves commit the offense.

The case has evolved greatly in recent weeks. Two men received conditional discharges on December 14, and one woman received a stay of proceedings.

The three other men involved in this case will appear in January.

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The SPVG had warned the population that it “did not encourage” this initiative to “hunt” suspected pedophiles. (Archive photo)

On the side of the Ottawa courthouse, some of the headliners of the truckers' convoy, which paralyzed the center -city of the capital for almost three weeks in the winter of 2022, stand trial.

The trial of Tamara Lich and Chris Barber, which was initially scheduled to last 16 days, experienced delays due in part to legal disagreements over the admissibility of certain evidence.

Ms. Lich and Mr. Barber are accused of mischief, intimidation, obstructing the work of police officers and advising others to commit misdeeds. The Crown finished presenting its evidence on November 20, and the defense was able to begin presenting its evidence a week later. The trial will continue in 2024.

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The trial of Chris Barber and Tamara Lich is receiving a lot of attention in Ottawa. (File photo)

Three other well-known figures during this occupation also face justice in Ottawa, including Quebecer Steeve Charland, who is accused of misdeeds and of having encouraged other people to commit them. His lawyer had filed a motion in December to have the trial aborted, but this was refused by the judge, so the case will resume on February 8 before the Superior Court of Ontario.

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Steeve “L'Artiss” Charland will have to stand trial, in French, in Ottawa sometime in 2024. (Archive photo)

Accused of mischief, of having advised others to commit misdeeds, of having disobeyed a court order and of obstructing the work of the police, Pat King tried in vain to move his trial outside of Ottawa, so the Albertan's trial will begin on May 13 in the nation's capital.

Pat King is not the only convoy-related defendant who has tried to move the case to another city. Facing nine criminal charges, former provincial deputy Randy Hillier received the same refusal.

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Pat King (left) did a Facebook Live during the convoy. (File photo)

In the spring of 2021, the Eastern Ontario community was shaken by the arrest of Brian Nadler, a doctor at Hawkesbury General Hospital who is accused of killing four of his patients, aged between 79 and 93 years old.

Represented by Brian H. Greenspan, Brian Nadler began his legal proceedings at the L'Orignal courthouse, but Judge Calum MacLeod agreed over the summer for everything to continue in Ottawa.

The defense argued that the case has been highly publicized, complicating jury selection, the pool of which is already limited in Prescott and Russell. The duration of the trial, estimated at between six and eight weeks, will also constitute a significant burden on a limited jury pool, reads the decision of Justice Calum MacLeod, dated August 8.

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Brian Nadler is out on bail awaiting sentencing sending his trial next June to Ottawa. (File photo)

In his request, which was not contested by the Crown, Brian H. Greenspan also highlighted the technological limitations of the dilapidated 200-year-old L'Orignal courthouse.

As he awaits his trial to begin in June 2024, Brian Nadler has been released on bail while his right to practice medicine has been suspended. He has always maintained his innocence, claiming his patients died from COVID-19.

Between September 2022 and early 2023, several Canadian police officers were killed in the line of duty. Eastern Ontario was not spared on May 11 with the death of Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) sergeant Eric Mueller, 42, who devoted half his life to the force. 'order.

The same day, a 39-year-old man, Alain Bellefeuille, was arrested and charged with first degree murder and two counts of attempted murder since two police officers were also injured during this intervention.

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The funeral of Sergeant Eric Mueller took place at the Canadian Tire Center on May 18, 2023, in Ottawa. (File photo)

A few days after his arrest, the accused mentioned through his lawyers that he had not prepared an ambush as the police had suggested.

Since then, the legal proceedings have progressed quietly.

Two weeks earlier, in Chute-à-Blondeau, Gavin Chisholm was handcuffed before the OPP officers accused him of a double murder. Unusual fact: the man who is now 23 years old was arrested on Quebec soil, where the DPCP also filed four charges against him.

Since his arrest, the suspect remained detained and his legal proceedings made some progress.

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