More charges laid after La Marquise stand-off
Maxime Vanier, 30, and Roxanne Lapointe, 27,appeared before Judge Hélène Fabi on Wednesday, Oct. 31 following the La Marquise motel altercation on Oct. 11,. They have been accused of committing a robbery with a firearm, discharging a firearm, extortion, and assault. This is their second time in court, as they have been accused of other acts of violence beforehand.
The mid-october event required the involvement of the Sherbrooke Police Service (SPS) tactical intervention squad and the partial closure of Wellington Sud and Queen Street..
As reported by La Tribune, Vanier and Lapointe have already been accused of trafficking cocaine between Aug. 1 and Oct. 11, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possession of arestricted weapon, aggravated assault, sequestration, and assault with a weapon. These accusations were laid by prosecutor Geneviève Crépeau and implicated Benoît Desrosiers, when the three defendants tortured a man following a drug-related dispute over $150 in Sherbrooke last May. In a previous hearing related to the first incident, the three defendants asked Judge Conrad Chapdelaine to be taken to a therapy centre to treat their narcotics addiction. Chapdelaine will render his decision on Nov. 6.
The man was reportedly sequestered for ten hours on Short Street as the trio hoped to collect the payment as he was tied to a chair with duct tape and cable ties. Vanier allegedly tried to rip off his victim’s finger with a clamp while Desrosiers tried to rip his eye out with a spoon. The man was supposedly beaten with a truncheon and a broom and was kicked and punched.he suffered corneal abrasions, deep cuts, pulmonary air leaks, and fractured ribs and vertebras.
Vanier and Lapointe are still awaiting the Nov. 6 verdict concerning their potential release regarding the Short Street case.