Exceptionally acquitted of non-compliance with the measures

 Exceptionally acquitted of non-compliance with the measures


A resident of Abitibe, accused of participating in a walk in a church parking lot in full custody, was acquitted, exceptionally, because he was then asking for help in a mechanical problem with his car.

Exceptionally acquitted of non-compliance with the measures
 Exceptionally acquitted of non-compliance with the measures


In its February 8 decision, Judge Mary France Beaulieu ruled: "Providing service or supporting someone, even in times of epidemic, remains an acceptable gesture."


While walking in La Sarre, in Abitibi-Témiscamingue in mid-May, Francis Russell Chabot heard a loud noise coming from his car. Spontaneously, when he saw an acquaintance in the church's parking lot, he then made the decision to go there to ask for help.


Assembly is forbidden.

However, at the time, more than fifteen adults were assembled without counting many children immediately present in the same parking lot next to the park, as noted by police officers who went to the scene after an anonymous call


Last May, outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people were banned.


When the police arrived, the two men were busy working two meters from each other under Mr. Russell Chabot's car. It was a simple pebble lodged in the brake thickness that caused the noise. 


"Although it is clear that it was not proactive in this gathering or assembly, it is the responsibility of the citizen to leave the building, especially in the context of the epidemic," the document states.


The main person also admits that he did not respect the physical spacing, as he continues. 


Exceptional case

However, in this particular case, Mr. Russell Chabot benefits from an "exception" provided for in the decree, which allows for non-respect of the meter if the person receives service or support.


Punishing an act or making support of this kind impossible is not in line with the goal of eliminating useless or unnecessary gatherings the judge said


That is why the court acquitted the accused.