Saturday, October 19, 2013

CANADA - Father killed with one punch after being mistaken for a pedophile by Francis Belanger

Francis Belanger
Francis Belanger
Original Article



MONTREAL - The Crown wants a six-year prison sentence for a 21-year-old man who killed a Montreal father with a single punch.

The victim, _____, was simply trying to bring his wayward teen daughter home but other teens attacked him, thinking he was a pedophile.

A judge will decide Francis Belanger's fate in December following sentencing hearings that ended this week.

_____, who was in his fifties, had followed his teen daughter through south-end Montreal on April 8, 2011, believing she had gone out with two friends without permission.

The friends joined a larger group of teens and said a pedophile was chasing them.

_____ tried to flee but was accosted by two people, including Francis Belanger, who punched him without warning. _____ died and Belanger was arrested and later pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

As his relatives sat in the public gallery Thursday, Belanger told the court he regretted his actions.

"I learned from my mistakes," he said in a timid voice, reading from a prepared statement.

The Crown wants Belanger to be sentenced to six years in prison. The defence asked Judge Linda Despots for two years less a day to be served in the community.

Lawyer Clemente Monterosso told the court Thursday that his client has expressed "sincere remorse" and "empathy for the victim."

"It's closer to an accident than a murder," Monterosso argued.

But Crown attorney Jean Sebastien Bussieres pointed out that Belanger has been charged three times with violating bail conditions since his arrest.

1 comment :

Loneranger said...

Wow yet another killing by people who are over stimulated by the media and the fear and feeling they can and must do something. Problem is the public is not law enforcement. they often do things thinking it's ok and cause harm to people. In this case a father. The more the media stirs the emotions on this issue the more acts that result in harm we will see. It's time we just stopped and thought about where this is going. We can say we want to know and list as many as you can so I can feel safe. But what happens when we think their is a sex offender around every corner? Innocent people get killed. So far i would guess that many more innocent people have been killed by involving the public then have been saved. Kind of counter productive i would think.