More charges laid af­ter La Mar­quise stand-off

Sherbrooke Record - - FRONT PAGE - By Em­i­lie Hack­ett Spe­cial to the Record

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.

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