Arrest warrant issued for Guy Lafleur
- by/par 2 SOLITUDES
- Published / Édité 01/30/2008
MONTREAL - An arrest warrant has been issued for former hockey Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur over testimony at his son's trial this year according to his attorney Jean-Pierre Rancourt.
Rancourt said an arrest warrant was issued for Lafleur for contradictory statements made during testimony in the trial of his son Mark.
Rancourt said Lafleur "was devastated" by the news and feared police would break down his door to cuff him and bring him to jail.
"I was shocked by the fact that they chose to issue an arrest warrant rather than a summon or a promise to appear," Rancourt said. "There was no reason to proceed with an arrest warrant, we don't know why they chose to do this, they wouldn't tell us."
Rancourt said Lafleur would present himself to police Friday in order to agree on a future court date. Rancourt said he did not expect Lafleur to be detained.
His son, Mark Lafleur is behind bars until his trial on 22 charges, including sexual assault.
Superior Court Justice Carol Cohen revoked Mark Lafleur's bail last November after the 22-year-old broke his conditions when he spent leaves from a transition house in hotels rather than at home with his parents.
At the time, in her judgment, Cohen noted the former Montreal Canadiens star knew his son was breaking his bail conditions, yet did nothing to stop him, nor did he reveal the fact to the court in September.
Mark Lafleur, who was first arrested last January, faces charges that including uttering death threats and sexual assault of a 17-year-old.
Mark Lafleur is also accused of kidnapping, forcible confinement, mischief, theft, possession of crack cocaine, ecstasy and marijuana, threatening to kill a Montreal bus driver, dangerous driving causing bodily harm and damaging a bus.
Guy Lafleur has been acquitted by the Quebec Court of Appeal of giving contradictory testimony at trial of his son Mark Lafleur.
A panel of three judges ruled Tuesday that Superior Court Justice Claude Parent had given “unwarranted weight” to Lafleur’s failing to tell a court hearing in September 2007 that his son had spent two weekends at a hotel.
At the time, Lafleur testified his son, who was under a court-ordered curfew, was at his parent’s home during a weekend leave from a halfway house after a stint in a drug rehabilitation facility.
A month later, when presented in court with hotel receipts, Lafleur admitted that Mark had spent two nights at a hotel with a 16-year-old woman.
Parent found the hall-of-famer guilty and sentenced him to one-year probation, saying that perjury can’t be condoned.
The Court of Appeal, however, faulted the Crown prosecutor for showing no evidence that Mark Lafleur was compelled to stay at his parents’ home. In fact, as of July 6, 2007, the rehab centre changed his conditions so that, with its permission, Mark Lafleur could spend the night elsewhere.
Therefore, Parent was wrong to say that Guy Lafleur “lied” by failing to mention the nights his son spent at a hotel, the Appeal Court ruled.
“The evidence is clear,” the ruling said, that the halfway house never told Guy Lafleur it had changed his son’s residence requirements.
When Lafleur was responding to questions from Quebec Court Judge Robert Sansfaçon and did not mention the two weekends his son spent at a hotel, there is “at least a reasonable doubt” he was trying to mislead the court.
At the time, Lafleur testified his son always respected his court-ordered curfew and refrained from housing drugs.
“A witness’s role is to answer questions, and one can hardly blame him for not mentioning an event ... if the question is not posed,” the ruling found.
Lafleur has filed a $3.5 million civil suit against the Montreal police detective and prosecutor behind his arrest warrant...............................................