Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean: a sexagenarian attacked with a hammer

Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean: a sixty-something man attacked with a hammer


A sexagenarian was violently attacked with a hammer on Thursday evening in Sainte-Rose-du-Nord, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.

William Côté -Boivin, 28, was arrested and appeared Friday afternoon at the Chicoutimi courthouse. He faces seven charges, including attempted murder.

The young man would have attacked a member of his family with a hammer, one can read in the act of denunciation. He allegedly injured, maimed, disfigured and endangered the life of the victim.

Attempted murder, assault with a weapon causing bodily harm, death threats and dangerous driving are among the numerous charges brought against the accused. 

According to the latest information, the 60-year-old is currently in critical but stable condition at the Chicoutimi hospital. 

Very violent

The attack took place Thursday evening, at the victim's residence in the Sainte-Rose-du-Nord sector.

The police were called around 7 p.m. and searched the area for nearly eight hours with the help of a dog handler, before finding the suspect in a wooded area, around 3 am.

The scene was appraised by the forensic identification service which is still trying to shed light on events.

William Côté-Boivin was met by investigators on Friday morning and appeared in the afternoon at the Chicoutimi courthouse. 

During his appearance before the judge, the individual did not seem disorganized. Partial proof has been presented.

“It was my colleague who spoke to him this morning. Gentleman still seemed adequate, seemed to understand the legal process. I represent my partner, so we are going to analyze this file, which will be assessed extensively. We are going to determine what the possibilities of defense will be in the case of Mr. What I can tell you is that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty,” explained defense lawyer Me Luc Tourangeau.

Due to the nature of the offenses and the risk of recidivism, the Criminal and Penal Prosecutions Department (DPCP) opposed his release.

“We announced that we objected to his release. Could there be other charges? For the moment, I would say no, but for the moment, the proof is still partial”, mentioned Me William Lacombe, representative of the DPCP.

There are therefore other pieces of evidence to be verified. 

The accused will be back in court next Friday. 

We should know more about his motivations for committing such a violent act.  

His lawyer could also ask for his release pending further proceedings.

William Côté Boivin remains incarcerated until further proceedings.