Carpentier case: four weeks of hearings scheduled for early 2023

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Carpentier case: four weeks of hearings scheduled for early 2023

Romy, Norah and Martin Carpentier.

The Coroner's Office public inquest into the deaths of Norah, Romy and Martin Carpentier in July 2020 will hold four weeks of hearings at the beginning of 2023.

The hearings will be chaired by Me Luc Malouin and will take place at the Quebec City courthouse from February 13 to March 3, then from March 13 to 17 2023.

The mother of the little Carpentiers had called for a public inquiry following the revelations of Radio-Canada's Enquête program on March 10, 2022 as to the sequence of events in the drama. Several police officers and ex-police officers from the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) had highlighted the failures of the search operation for the father and his two daughters following the accident.

Investigation notably discovered that the investigators had abandoned, in the first hours of the operation, an important lead followed after the discovery of footprints.

Martin Carpentier's car was found damaged and unoccupied shortly after 9 p.m. on July 8, 2020 on Highway 20, in Saint-Apollinaire. The man had fled the scene of the accident with the sisters Norah and Romy, leaving behind their personal effects.

About 18 hours after the accident, that is to say on the afternoon of July 9, an Amber Alert was issued. The lifeless bodies of the two girls were found in a wooded area on July 11, 2020, just over two kilometers from the scene of the accident.

In her report, coroner Sophie Régnière reports that Norah and Romy Carpentier died on the afternoon of July 9, 2020, 6 p.m. after the accident. The SQ had however affirmed, following the police operation, that the drama had been played out in barely eight hours and that it could not have done anything more.

With the collaboration of Marie-Pier Bouchard

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