Stop me if you’ve heard this joke before. Two brothers walk into a depanneur, tie up and beat the 76 year old owner with a baseball bat while trying to rob him. The old man manages to get himself free from his restraints and shoots and wounds one of the two brothers. Here comes the punchline, the owner Leo Boulet is found guilty of negligent use of a firearm and possession of two prohibited weapons but the crown dropped the more serious charges of aggravated assault, discharging a firearm and possession of a restricted weapon. He was sentenced to two years less a day of house arrest. This means that Boulet can continue working at the store he opened 33 years ago because his home is in the same building.
Are any of you laughing yet ? Sadly, this is not a joke but a true story that took place in Rouyn Noranda. I’m going to try to get through this blog while pounding my keyboard into submission while in a fit of rage. In all of my years on this earth I have never heard of a greater miscarriage of justice. The two brothers in question received a two year and 14 month jail term. These two pillars of the community received equal and less jail term compared to this poor man trying to defend himself. I don’t care if he shot those two fuckers with a bazooka. When you enter one’s place of business to beat and rob them you become fair game. The minute they entered that depanneur with their viscous intentions of robbing and beating a 76 year old man, they surrendered all their rights. In this case the hunted become the hunter and he gets a two year house arrest sentence for his trouble.
I’d hate to see what would have become of Mr Boulet had his aggressor died. What is lost in all this is the mental anguish that this poor man must be going through. One would think that the crown could figure out a way of making this all disappear for this victim. Instead of congratulating this man for standing up to such brutality while defending his property and well being, we punish him. I’m truly enraged and at the same time so sad of the state of our judicial system.By ruling as they did, they’re basically saying that a criminals rights is equal to the rights of a victim.
Maybe it’s time that we take a look at some of these laws and replace them with some good old fashion common sense. But who am I kidding. This after all is Quebec where you can stab your kids more than 50 times and still have the right to appeal a guilty verdict. Quebec, where the law went to commit suicide.