No record for a Montrealer who poisoned her husband and two children
A Montrealer who wanted to kill her husband and their two young children by giving them rat poison finally got away with it without a criminal record, which will allow her to stay in the country with her family who forgave her.
“I think you have suffered enough, the two years you spent in pre-trial detention are surely engraved in you. You have paid your due to society, ”commented Judge Hélène Morin in granting absolution to the accused, this Tuesday at the Montreal courthouse.
The 39-year-old, who cannot be named to protect the identity of her children, had committed her crime in January 2015. At the time, she was struggling financially and personally, so she s had taken it into her head to die taking with her her husband and their two daughters, aged 7 and 11.
“She then mixed a small amount of poison in juice, which she gave to her family,” the summary of facts states.
Luckily, the amount of rat poison was too low, so the next day everyone survived. The accused then called 911 to confess her crime. A few hours later, the whole family was discharged from hospital.
Criminally charged, the woman first pleaded guilty to attempted murder, only to later recant. Because of her permanent resident status, she risked deportation from the country.
She then admitted to administering a poison to her family members. But even with a suspended sentence, she still faced a removal order from Canada.
“The plea was not offered knowingly, the appellant would not have pleaded guilty if she had known the indirect consequence which flowed from it”, had ruled the Court of Appeal this summer by ordering the holding of a new trial.
The case was back in court on Tuesday, and she again pleaded guilty to administering poison to her family members.
And by mutual agreement with the Crown, the defense suggested a discharge conditional on one year of probation, which should avoid any problem with immigration.
“A 2016 report was positive about him, the victims did not suffer any long-term problems,” said Benjamin Wilner of the defense.
He recalled that his client was suffering from depression at the time, that his family had completely forgiven him and that even the Department of Youth Protection had testified in his favor.
“The crimes occurred more than 7 years ago, she has not reoffended since, recalled the lawyer. He is a pillar for his family.”
The defendant, who was in tears alongside her husband in the courtroom, declined to comment on the case.
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