Wera Farm nightmare ends with 9 ½ year sentence
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.