Death of a child: a SQ police officer will stand trial for dangerous driving

Photo: Jacques Boissinot The canadian Press
February 13, 2014, the agent Patrick Ouellet took part in an operation spinning at high speed at the edge of an unmarked car when it struck the car in which were a child and his father.

Accused of dangerous driving causing the death of a child during an operation of mill, 2014 in Longueuil, police officer Patrick Ouellet, of the Sûreté du Québec, will have to stand trial.

 

The judge Denys Christmas refused to order a stay of criminal proceedings instituted against him, considering that the minister of Justice, Stéphanie Vallée, had not done an unlawful interference in his or her file.

 

According to the decision rendered orally on Tuesday at the palais de justice de Longueuil, the judge Christmas, of the Court of Québec concluded that the minister has not committed an abuse of process in this case, not more than the director of criminal and penal prosecutions (DPCP), Annick Murphy.

 

He rejected the argument of the police officer, according to which the minister had intervened for the filing of the charge against him, a task which falls to the DPCP.

 

The record will, therefore, follow its course, and the trial of the police officer will take place next June.

 

Mr. Ouellet looked aghast as he left the court room.

 

This criminal case has been highly publicized : February 13, 2014, the agent Ouellet took part in an operation spinning at high speed at the edge of an unmarked car when it struck the car in which were a child and his father in Longueuil, quebec.

 

The child, Nicholas Thorne-Belance, the five-year-old, was killed. The police officer was travelling at over 120 km/h in a zone of 50 km/h.

 

This case had caused much ink to flow because the DPCP was initially decided no charges would be brought against the policeman, citing a “risky move” of the father of the child.

 

However, it was revealed that prosecutors in the DPCP were not aware, and therefore they did not take into account the fact that the police officer was trying to follow a man of politics and that there was no danger of death in this folder.

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