Two Montrealers who savagely attacked six people in half an hour are now facing the label of long-term offender because their risk of recidivism worries the authorities.
« Criminal records since 2010 expose a steady rate of criminality, an inability to meet commitments and a propensity for violence,” wrote Crown Prosecutor Alexis Dinelle, in his motions for Lentz Lowry Lapaix and Philippe Henri Nguene Nguene. /p>
Photo courtesy Lentz Lowry Lapaix, 27. He has spent the majority of his adult life in custody for various offenses, including violent crimes. A 2018 report states that it “is difficult at this time to believe in his potential for reintegration”. He was sentenced to two years for beating an inmate Two homemade pickaxes, a cell phone, two chargers, a SIM card and a saw were found in the cell he shared with a fellow inmate In a psychiatric report, it is estimated that he presents a risk of violent recidivism of 76 % after 5 years and 87 % after 12 years. The findings of this report indicate that he is at high risk for violent recidivism over a significant period of time.
A thorough investigation by the Montreal police was necessary to shed light on the disturbing events that took place on August 9, 2019.
Both men were handcuffed after being identified. During his arrest, Lapaix also had in his possession a loaded firearm.
The images from the surveillance cameras viewed that evening show Lapaix and Nguene Nguene gratuitously attacking several individuals encountered in the chance on Saint-Laurent Boulevard, in Montreal, in the bar area.
“The Tribunal first notes not only that, during the scuffle, the victim collapsed on the ground like a 'rag doll', making no move to hold back his fall, but that, once on the ground , he receives, without any response or gesture of defense, blows from the two accused, ”described Judge Nathalie Duchesneau in her decision rendered in September 2021, where she finds the accused guilty.
The Journalwas also able to see the images of incredible violence, while the victim was unrestrainedly kicked in the head by the two individuals. Afterwards, Nguene Nguene is seen punching a person who was trying to protect the inert man on the ground several times in the face.
A good Samaritan attacked
After this event, the defendants were still seeking hostilities.
Nguene Nguene began to insult two young people, delivering a “big slap” in the face of one of them.  ;
Courtesy photo Philippe Henri Nguene Nguene, 27 years old. A 2015 report noted a history of significant violence and several assaults and robberies. From May 13, 2020 to July 14, 2022, he accumulated 18 disciplinary breaches in preventive detention. In his psychiatric expert report, he obtained the highest category for the risk of criminal recidivism, placing him at the 92nd percentile According to a psychiatrist, he is “significantly” more at risk of recidivism than the average prisoner.
A Good Samaritan not far from the scene intervened to protect them, but the accused was quickly joined by two of his friends who had come to defend him, including Lapaix.
The poor man then hammered with punches and kicks.
The spouse of this second victim, who witnessed the whole scene, came to report that they notably aimed at his head “like a soccer ball”.
“Blood is coming out of his ears , he's unconscious, he's agitated, he's like snoring,” she said during her testimony.
Following this attack, described as “savage” by the judge, the man still remains today with sequels. He remained in hospital for more than four months, including 40 days in a coma. He suffered serious injuries and had to stay in a rehabilitation centre.
The two defendants have still not received their sentences, while requests to declare them long-term offenders for a five-year period should be discussed. They also want to ensure that their preventive detention counts for double, instead of the usual time and a half.
♦ The long-term offender label is an exceptional measure that makes so that the defendants must submit, after their period of detention, to conditions of supervision.
Katrine Johns 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 The Gal Post, Katrine Johns 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7128