Accused of kidnapping the son of a magistrate, they are forced to find a job by a judge
Two youths accused of kidnapping and beating a judge’s son to then try to obtain a ransom have been able to regain their freedom, but will have to become assets for society, in particular by quickly finding a legitimate job, warned them a judge.
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Breiner Mosquera and Alehandro Nicolas-Boucher had been detained since their arrest on November 2. They are charged with kidnapping for ransom, extortion, assault with a weapon and assault causing bodily harm.
The alleged victim is the son of a judge who sits in the greater Montreal area. His abduction is not related to his father’s functions as a magistrate.
A publication ban prevents us from revealing the facts of the case.
The identity of the victim is also protected.
The 22- and 19-year-old defendants were granted release on Friday pending trial. But judge Mélanie Hébert imposed strict conditions on them, some of which are rarely required.
A legitimate job
Indeed, if they want to stay away from prison, they will have to find a legitimate job. And it’s not all about finding a livelihood, she said: they will also have to keep it.
And to ensure the seriousness of their involvement, the magistrate asked them to provide proof of the job that occupies them, and this, each time they go to the courthouse.
“I expect you to be proven employed by your next court date. And I don’t expect it to be five hours a week, ”she warned, to the attention of the defendants.
They are due back in court on January 25.
If one of them should lose his job or simply not find one, he will have to provide the court with exhaustive proof of his steps to get hired.
« I can’t imagine a scenario where you wouldn’t be able to find a job with the current economic circumstances, » she said. You must be in active mode for the next date, I warn you. »
A curfew from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. was also imposed on them. Thus, if the job found is on an evening or night shift, the defendants will even have to notify the detective sergeant in charge of the file of their work schedule.
They could also occupy their time by going back to school. They will also have to prove it in court.
Before leaving prison, Breiner Mosquera had to pay $3,000 bail himself, his co-defendant $2,000.
A “coercive” effect, said the judge, since it is their money.
Each of the mothers of the two defendants had to make a deposit of $1,000.
And if they should not respect one or other of the conditions imposed, « there will be no other chances », warned the judge, specifying that they would then have to return to prison.
The accused have no criminal record in Quebec. But a few days before the kidnapping, Alehandro Nicolas-Boucher was arrested by police officers from Durham, Ontario. He was then driving a stolen Dodge Ram.
He faces charges of motor vehicle theft, possession of burglary tools and possession of property obtained by crime, Ontario police said last month.