Opening of a public inquiry into the murder of a family in Montreal


Opening of a public inquiry into the murder of a family in Montreal

Several people affected by the murder of Ms. Khellaf and her two sons had brought messages of condolence, flowers, candles and soft toys, which they left near the residence of the victims.

The Coroner's Office announces the holding of a public inquiry into the murder in December 2019, in the Pointe-aux-Trembles borough, of a mother and her two children by an abusive partner she had left.

Dahia Khellaf, 42, and her two children, Askil, 2, and Adam, 4, were found dead in their East Montreal home on December 11, 2019.

The police discovered the three remains when they went to the residence in the Pointe-aux-Trembles district to announce to Ms. Khellaf the death of her ex-husband, Nabil Yssaad.

Following this discovery, the investigators were able to establish that Nabil Yssaad had killed his ex-wife and his two sons before taking his own life in Joliette.

In 2018, fearing for her safety and that of the children, Dahia Khellaf had left her husband, who was jealous and violent, and against whom she had filed complaints on several occasions for threats and assault.

The man had been ordered by the court not to approach his ex-wife, which did not prevent him from carrying out his threats.

In his report on this massacre, coroner Alain Manseau criticizes the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DPCP) for not having taken care to impose sufficiently severe conditions on the man to ensure the safety of the victims, while ;yet he knew the danger that Nabil Yssaad represented for his family.

Twice, in August 2018, Nabil Yssaad had been charged with assault with a weapon and common assault against Dahia Khellaf. But the accused was never summoned to trial.

On December 4, 2019, Nabil Yssaad signed a peace bond under section 810 of the Criminal Code. As a result, the charges against him were dropped.

For the coroner, society as such has failed.

This woman trusted a doctor, the police, a counsellor, a therapist, prosecutors, a civil lawyer and judges to protect her and get her out of the cycle of domestic violence, but… it was society as a whole that failed to protect this woman and her family, he wrote in his report.

And to remember that it is not the fault of the responders, because the system, according to the coroner, is not made to prevent such a tragedy. It is therefore the business of the whole society and it is up to it to give itself the tools necessary to stem the scourge of homicidal domestic violence, he insists. .

Ms Khellaf was unable to enjoy a meaningful social and judicial safety net…because no such safety net existed in 2019, the coroner said.

The coroner has however identified no less than 25 apparent risk factors in Mr. Ysssad: arranged marriage without love, manipulative character, impulsive, unstable…

The coroner has also noted the incidence of armed assaults by the killer reported to authorities, but for which Ms. Khellaf refused to press charges. He further pointed to the numerous breaches of Mr. Ysssad's release conditions, the presence of mental illness, the refusal to undergo a psychiatric evaluation and the failure to force him to undergo one, although that the police had suggested it to the DPCP.

The coroner also argues that the impending divorce, the separation of the couple and the subsequent harassment of the victim were all warnings that the risk was clearly present.

With information from The Canadian Press


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