Body found in Nicolet: Pascal Martel accused of criminal negligence causing death
The tragedy took place on rue Monseigneur-Courchesne, in Nicolet, last May (archives).
Six new charges were filed against Pascal Martel Thursday at the Trois-Rivières courthouse in connection with the death of Florent Dumas. The man with an intellectual disability was found in the backyard of the house where he lived, in Nicolet.
Pascal Martel, 49, was already charged with insulting a corpse. Added to this are: criminal negligence causing death, assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm, forcible confinement, forcing the victim to commit an act of bestiality and having in his possession a credit card that he knew fraudulent.
On May 26, 2022, the body of Florent Dumas, 51, was found in the courtyard of the residence where he lived with Pascal Martel.
Pascal Martel and his son, Jason Martel, were later charged with committing contempt, indecency, or indignity toward the corpse or remains of a man.
Pascal Martel is still detained pending further proceedings while his son Jason, who is in his twenties, was released with conditions to be respected. Pascal Martel will be back in class on January 9 for his release hearing.
Between January 1 and April 30, 2022:
- Assault against Florent Dumas causing bodily harm
Between February 1 and March 26, 2022:
- Forcing Florent Dumas to commit an act of bestiality
On or around March 27, 2022:
- Forcible confinement, imprisonment or having seized Florent Dumas
On or around April 1, 2022:
- Outrage to a corpse
Between April 1 and April 30, 2022:
- Criminal negligence causing the death of Florent Dumas
Between January 2 and May 16, 2022:
- Having had in his possession a credit card that he knew to be fraudulent
The evidence accumulated so far did not allow the Crown to file a murder charge, Me Benoit Larouche said Thursday.