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Maureen Breau's father testifies to pressure | Louiseville tragedy: the death of Maureen Breau

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The father of Maureen Breau, Michel, testified on Wednesday.

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During his testimony, Michel Breau claimed that a former police officer would have tried to encourage him not to request a public inquiry into the death of his daughter while he was seeking answers to the tragedy who had hit him.

In an extremely emotional testimony during the 17th day of the ;#x27;coroner's public inquiry, Mr. Breau said that the morning after the tragedy, March 28, 2023, he went to the scene where his daughter had been attacked to try to get answers to his questions .

I have to go to Louiseville, I want to know what happened, he told coroner Géhane Kamel on Wednesday after recounting a night spent without being able to sleep rehashing the events of the day before.

Once in Louiseville, he explained that he disclosed his identity to a person responsible for communications of the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), who ended a question-and-answer session with journalists to escort him to the Louiseville police station.

On reaching the station, he remembers seeing the three police officers who were with Maureen Breau during the intervention sitting at a table together and that they came to offer him their condolences .

Tragedy of Louiseville: the death of Maureen Breau

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He said he saw a former SQ police officer, who has close family ties with members of the Louiseville police station, talking to them before he interrupted their conversation upon his arrival.

Michel Breau knew him and said he was surprised to see him there at that precise moment.

He claimed that he spoke to him and that he introduced himself as a private investigator. Mr. Breau told the coroner that at that time, he suspected that this former police officer was scheming with the police.

Over the next few months, Mr. Breau said he received three calls from the man, calls he described as long and difficult to conclude. He claimed that during these calls, the individual tried several times to convince him not to request a public inquiry into the death of his daughter.

Once, I was able to get out of the second call with him because people knocked on my door and it was two police officers from Trois-Rivières who knew Maureen and wanted to talk to me, said Mr. Breau.

During his quest for answers to his questions, Michel Breau says he came up against a lack of psychological support from the SQ.

He says that the police service did not offer him psychological support.

At one point, the SQ offered to find someone to help him psychologically and that the police department would reimburse him.

He remembers going to two meetings with workers that a relative had found but that these meetings were not fruitful.

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Michel Breau crossed the ribbons which framed the scene of the drama to try to obtain answers to his questions. (Archive photo)

Mr. Breau said he always wanted to know what happened but, unfortunately, the police couldn't tell him more the morning after the tragedy.

He lamented that he was unaware until the start of the public inquiry what happened to his daughter.

According to him, the work of the coroner and the speakers during the hearings allowed him to dispel several of the questions he had. He wanted to thank Ms. Kamel for helping him with this.

I know everything that happened today. That puts an end to my questions, I met the right person to inform me, he said.

Moved, the coroner joined him, indicating to the people present in the courtroom that' ;#x27;she was getting ready to ignore protocol. I'm going to take the liberty of taking you in my arms, she said to the suffering father who stood in front of her. Then, she left the room adjourning.

At the time of writing these lines, the Security of Quebec had not responded to our request for an interview.

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116