A lawyer should also deliver candles

News 19 January, 2018
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    Dimitrios Strapatsas, guilty

    Michael Nguyen

    Thursday, January 18, 2018 19:53

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    A lawyer guilty of having helped a murderer to disclose the identity of an informer may be able to not only 18 months of prison, but he must now deliver candles to join the two ends.

    “It starts from the top… It picks up to work in a warehouse and as a delivery driver. The prosecution has had a devastating impact on his career “, has launched yesterday the lawyer

    Nicholas St-Jacques, while requesting the court that his client avoids prison.

    Dimitrios Strapatsas, 44, has seen his career end abruptly after he was convicted of obstructing justice for having aided the murderer John Boulachanis in the spring of 2015.

    At the time, Boulachanis was being held pending his trial, but he wanted to put in line the statement of an informer in his case.

    “Boulachanis would like to see [the informer] to disappear,” said a fellow-prisoner during the trial of Strapatsas.


    The latter had served as an intermediary, paying $ 200 to a woman to make the online declaration, which led to him being convicted of obstructing justice.

    “We are talking about intimidation of a key witness in a murder trial. [Strapatsas] has made a gesture deliberate and premeditated, argued the prosecutor, Jennifer Morin. When a lawyer deliberately made [this genre] action, it is the whole system of justice is shaken. “

    For the prosecutor, Strapatsas needs to go to jail. She suggests a sentence of 18 months in prison. Because as a lawyer, he knew very well the consequences of his actions, she added.

    The defense, for its part, does not believe that the prison is useful. The risk of recurrence is nil, since Strapatsas has been suspended from the Bar, pleaded his lawyer, who recommends 240 hours of community work.

    Me St-Jacques recalled that Strapatsas involved in the Greek community of Montreal and he would take care of his mother.

    The new boss of Strapatsas has had good words for his new employee.

    Justice Marc-André Dagenais will make its award in three weeks, at the palais de justice of Montreal.