Mart­in­town man pleads guilty to man­slaugh­ter

The Glengarry News - - Garrynews - BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL News Staff

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.

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