No stopping in Jordan for two blue-collar

News 10 March, 2018
  • Michael Nguyen

    Friday, 9 march 2018 22:18

    Friday, 9 march 2018 22:18

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    Two former blue-collar workers accused of stealing $ 300,000 from small coins into the parking meters in Montreal in 2012, have not been able to escape justice even if they lobbied for the unreasonable delay.

    “The motion is denied,” ruled judge Pierre Labelle, Friday, at the palais de justice of Montreal.

    Jean-Michel Songue and Richard Bellavance, aged 33 and 56 years of age, have been waiting for five years to be considered for a variety of alleged thefts revealed to the great day by our Bureau of investigation.

    Photo Chantal Poirier

    Richard Bellavance (left) and Jean-Michel Songue have not been able to convince the court that their case had to be closed due to long delays since they have been accused.

    The accused found that the court delays were exaggerated, so much so that they attempted to terminate the proceedings by invoking the famous stop Jordan from the supreme Court. According to this decision, the waiting time may not exceed 30 months in this case, with one exception.

    But even if their case drags out for 50 months, almost half of the delays are their fault, has been calculated to the judge.

    Once this period is subtracted from the calculations, there is no basis, therefore, the judgment of the procedures.

    Small change

    According to the evidence presented by the prosecution at trial, Songue, Bellavance, as well as Jocelyn Joseph Lefebvre, 50, worked for Parking Montreal when they would have committed a series of 22 flights.

    “According to the evidence we have gathered, they had a key hand to open the vaults,” explained the prosecutor Emilie Robert.

    Thus, the accused would have been able to dig happily in the crate, stealing about $ 300,000 in coins.

    “It was mostly coins of $ 2,” said Robert.

    Parking Montreal, however, has had a flea in the ear when parts were found in a truck. An investigation has been launched and after the audits, the group has been accused.

    The three accused will know their verdict at the end of the month. A fourth accused in this case, Dave Walder Angibeau, 33 years old, graduated in November last the stay of proceedings due to unreasonable delay.