“The justice system is very rotten”: the brother of a mother murdered by her repeat offender son demands accountability

“The justice system is very rotten”: the brother of a mother murdered by her repeat offender son demands accountability
“The justice system is very rotten”: the brother of a mother murdered by her repeat offender son demands accountability

The brother of Danielle Beauregard as well as the Association of Families of Murdered or Disappeared Persons (AFPAD) demand that the professionals of the Mental Disorders Examination Commission be accountable for their decisions the day after another verdict of not criminal responsibility rendered for his murderer.

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Met in the house where his sister lost her life by TVA Nouvelles, Gilles Beauregard said on Thursday that his pain was still as acute: “It’s been six months and as soon as I talk about it, I come enraged.”

He is terribly angry with his nephew, but also with those who made the decision to return him to society: “The justice system is very rotten. It doesn’t make sense to have let him out without medication, without anything, and what’s more, he had no follow-up.”

Gilles Beauregard now fears that the Mental Disorders Examination Commission (CETM) will release the murderer again. “If he comes out, he will definitely kill someone,” he believes.

“We should make people who make decisions responsible”

Carl Gauthier-Beauregard, 40 years old from Sainte-Anne-de-la-Rochelle, admitted Wednesday to killing his mother after torturing her for hours in the fall of 2023. A sordid crime of “extreme violence,” qualified the judge before declaring the accused not criminally responsible due to mental disorders.

In 2020, Gauthier-Beauregard was also found not criminally responsible for beating and threatening to kill his mother. The following year, CETM released him unconditionally.

“We should make responsible the people who make decisions by releasing criminals by saying that everything is fine, no need for medication or monitoring, but we know that they will do it again and we let them out,” comments the director of AFPAD, Anie Samson.

She deplores that cases of this kind have been increasing in Quebec in recent years: “These professionals who make such important decisions should perhaps be held responsible, should have measures and restrictions. We have to do something because currently we have a lot of crimes that go unpunished and people do it again.”

Except that according to forensic psychiatrist Dr Marie-Frédérique Allard, the CETM must follow the law: “If after one year, two years or three years, the psychosis is well controlled, the individual takes their medication, there is self-criticism which recognizes his illness and that there is no other risk factor, the commission will be obliged to release him unconditionally. The difficult thing is that you can’t predict the future. Will the person abandon treatment? Will she start using again and become psychotic again? And we don’t know all that.”

High risk defendant?

Judge Claude Villeneuve ordered an evaluation of Carl Gauthier-Beauregard’s mental state at the National Institute of Legal Psychiatry Philippe-Pinel to determine whether he should be declared a high-risk accused.

Only a dozen individuals are classified this way in Quebec and the decision to release or not these people does not rest with the CETM, but rather with the Superior Court.

“It is above all the brutality of the offense which is taken into account,” explains Dr Allard. So generally, when there is a murder, and from what I read in this case is that there was torture, then that criterion is generally met. After that, it will be to demonstrate whether these provisions are necessary or the CETM with its rules can manage the risk.

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