Longueuil singled out before the start of a trial for sexual abuse
Court intervenes to avoid delay further the beginning of a lawsuit against the City of Longueuil in a class action of eleven million dollars.
François Lamarre at the beginning of 1970s, in 2008, then in 2010.
In the spring of 2021, the Superior Court authorized a class action against the City of Longueuil and the estate of a former minor hockey coach, the late François Lamarre.
Class action alleges that the coach took advantage of his status to assault children who participated in the municipal hockey program, from 1970 to 2000, in the former town of Greenfield Park, now merged with Longueuil.
The authorities are criticized for having neglected to put in place mechanisms to protect children. In principle, the trial was to be entered in the docket of the courthouse in 2022, at the latest in October.
However, according to information obtained by Radio-Canada, a Ville de Longueuil's request to file a sociological expert report would have postponed the start of the trial for a few more months.
In a judgment rendered on September 22, Judge Pierre Nollet of the Superior Court wrote that the City presented no valid reason to explain itself or to make the request so late.
According to Judge Nollet, the people sexually abused by the late François Lamarre […] are necessarily people of a certain age, given the time of the alleged facts. It is in their interest and they have the fundamental right to have their case heard within a reasonable time taking into account their circumstances.
A motion by the victims' lawyers to disjoin the action in warranty from the main action should also favor the start of the trial.
Our firm welcomes this decision which will have the effect to greatly speed up the trial in this class action, for the benefit of the members of the group, who were victims of sexual assault by former hockey coach François Lamarre, affirms Me Jérémie Longpré of the firm Kugler Kandestin.
“Our team encourages all victims to communicate confidentially and free of charge with the lawyers in our office to report the abuse they have suffered. »
— Me Jérémie Longpré of the firm Kugler Kandestin
Mr. Lamarre died in 2020. The police arrested him in December 2019 for sexually molesting minors.