Trigger Warning: discussion of domestic violence and murder.
Marc Laroche, 56 years old, armed with to sabres was arrested in the parking lot of Le Skratch, in Laval Quebec. He had threatened to kill his ex-spouse and this was the 3rd time he was breaking an order which prevented him from approaching her. It’s their daughter who called 911 after her father told her he was going to do something that will send him to prison for the rest of his days.
The unnamed woman broke up last November after a 3 year abusive relationship. Since their breakup, life has become even worst. He harassed her several times and it’s escalated to attempted murder. He had been arrested before for breaking the order, but each time he was released.
The woman told the newspaper that she feared her ex would only do prison time he successfully killed her. A piece of paper is obviously not going to protect her from a man who is dedicated to killing her. She has understandably completely lost hope and trust in the justice system. She did everything that is advised for victims of abusive relationship and if it wasn’t for her daughter’s call to 911 she would be dead today.
If this story wasn’t enough to question our justice system in Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, let’s look at the case of Daphné Boudreault, 18-years-old, who was killed by her ex-boyfriend, Anthony Pratte-Lops, after she was denied help after seeking police protection from her ex-boyfriend. She was told there was nothing they could do. She asked the police if he would have to kill her before they did something and that’s exactly what happened. Her ex-boyfriend was stalking her, he gained unlawful access to her phone records and social media account, looking for proof of infidelity.
What does it take for our justice system to take death threats seriously??