Martintown man pleads guilty to manslaughter
A South Glengarry resident charged with second-degree murder in 2017 after he and a coaccused dropped a dying man off at Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital in Alexandria, and fled, pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter in Cornwall court last Thursday (July 25).
Tri Minh Hoang, 63, and co-accused Anh Quang-Nguyen, 31, were apprehended by the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry OPP on Highway 34 in South Glengarry on the evening of June 5, 2017 – shortly after they left the victim, 29-year-old Khanh Nguyen, at the hospital and sped away.
Mr. Minh Hoang was later charged with second-degree murder, while Mr. Quang-Nguyen was charged with accessory after the fact to murder.
Both men were also charged with production of a controlled substance (marijuana).
Police originally stated that Mr. Minh Hoang was a resident of Montreal, and that Mr. Quang-Nguyen, as well as the victim, both lived in Ottawa.
However, court documents indicate that all three men were residing at a home in the Martintown area (19421 County Road 18) – where they also ran a marijuana grow-op – at the time of Mr. Nguyen’s death.
According to the Agreed Statement of Facts, Mr. Nguyen was heavily intoxicated on the evening of his death before becoming involved in an altercation with the two suspects that resulted in Mr. Minh Hoang fatally stabbing the victim with a kitchen knife.
Mr. Minh Hoang and Mr. Quang-Nguyen then decided to drive to the hospital in Alexandria and leave Mr. Nguyen there.
Mr. Minh Hoang – who also pleaded guilty to the marijuana production charge last week – will be sentenced at a later date.
According to the Government of Canada’s Justice Laws website, Section 232 (1) of the Criminal Code states that a murder charge may be reduced to manslaughter, “...if the person who committed it did so in the heat of passion caused by sudden provocation.”
In some instances, a murder charge may also be reduced to manslaughter if alcohol or other substances are found to have impaired the mental faculties of the perpetrator.
A manslaughter conviction carries no minimum sentence – except when a firearm has been used, in which case the minimum sentence is four years in prison.
Mr. Quang-Nguyen, who was held at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre in Gloucester for seven months following his arrest, was released from custody – subject to a number of conditions – in January 2018 after being granted bail.
Among the conditions of his release, Mr. Quang-Nguyen had to surrender his Canadian passport, live with his surety in Gatineau, and report weekly to the OPP detachment in Kanata.
He is currently awaiting trial.