The family of Veronica Beard in shock

News 17 March, 2018
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    Saturday, 17 march 2018 18:29

    Saturday, 17 march 2018 18:29

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    The family of Veronica Beard, this woman killed at her home in Saint-Eustache in September last year, is reeling in the aftermath of the conviction of Ugo Fredette to three months in prison.

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    His presumed murderer has pleaded guilty Friday to four counts of the indictment (reckless driving, refusal to stop, resistance at his arrest, and possession of a stolen vehicle) in connection with his mare in Ontario in the company of a child of six years, last autumn.

    He was sentenced to a short sentence of three months, which worries the family for the rest of the things.

    “With all that he has done: vehicle theft, fleeing the police… And there was someone there beside him during all this time. It seems that we have forgotten in these accusations that he was not alone. I don’t understand,” said the brother of Mrs. Beard, Daniel, in an interview with TVA News.

    This last hope that he and his loved ones will be better informed of the procedures in the months to come, in particular to the upcoming trial including the preliminary investigation must start in the month of August.

    “For children, I look forward as we turn the page on all that. We will never return as before, but we will try to be better than it was before, that’s for sure”, he confided.

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    The fears of the family are shared by senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu.

    Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu

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    According to him, the judicial system in quebec should be closer to the families of the victims by forging stronger links to support them during the procedures.

    “It is too tolerant in relation to it. Is that in the next steps we will arrive at the same kind of tolerance? Me, to be at their place, I would have the same fear-there,” he said.

    “If we had to make the victim legal support through, for example, legal aid for them to understand the system, that they can have confidence in the system, it would be a huge step for Quebec. Other provinces have done.”

    Ugo Fredette must return to court in August for his preliminary inquiry regarding the premeditated murder of Veronica Beard, and the second-degree murder of Yvon Lacasse during its run.