Wera Farm night­mare ends with 9 ½ year sen­tence

Stanstead Journal - - NEW BRIEFS - Ber­trand Gos­selin Sher­brooke Court­house

It did not come as a sur­prise, last Fri­day at the Sher­brooke Court house, that the third young man in­volved in the Wera Farm armed rob­bery, Yas­sine Fares Had­dar, in­tended to plead guilty. The 19 year-old young man had hired lawyer Mélissa Gil­bert to han­dle his case and do it for him. Be­fore Judge Con­rad Chapde­laine, Had­dar pleaded guilty to con­spir­acy, as­sault with a weapon, forcible con­fine­ment, break­ing and en­ter­ing and, fi­nally, as­sault with the use of a weapon, a gun. Crown lawyer An­dré Cam­pagna had come to a mu­tual agree­ment with Mrs. Gil­bert to sug­gest to the Court a 9 ½ year sen­tence. It was un­der­stood that the one year de­ten­tion al­ready served by Had­dar would be de­ducted to make it an 8 ½ year sen­tence.

Had­dar was the youngest of the trio that was in­volved in the March 2010 rob­bery at the Water­ville farm. Dur­ing that in­ci­dent, François Wera was tied up, beaten up and threat­ened with guns to his head and robbed by his at­tack­ers Yas­sine Fares Had­dar and Khodr Kanaan who has al­ready been sen­tenced to 11 years in jail. Our pres­i­dent and pub­lisher, Jean-Yves Durocher, was the first per­son to ar­rive on the scene to free the vic­tim. From time to time, while Judge Chapde­laine was serv­ing him a real fatherly speech, Had­dar looked over in the direc­tion of his dad, a Mon­treal taxi driver, who was sitting at the back of room No. 3. The young man ad­mit­ted to the Court that he had made the mis­take of his life and that he felt sorry for all the trou­bles he had caused to the vic­tim, François Wera. Be­fore this event, the young man had no pre­vi­ous crim­i­nal back­ground.

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