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Quebec Superior Court appeal of municipal-court ruling dropped

Chris Guerra won’t be appearing in Quebec Superior Court after all.

In December 2011, Guerra, now 21, and his brother, Daniel, now 16, were fined for trespassing at Edward Janiszewski Park in Dollard-des-Ormeaux. They were playing hockey after the park had closed and said they hadn’t seen the sign outlining operating hours.

In October 2012, they appeared in municipal court. The judge ruled in Guerra’s favour and dropped the case against his brother.

In November, Guerra received a notice that the city was appealing the decision and he was to appear in Quebec Superior Court on Jan. 18. But on Dec. 19, he received word that the appeal had been dropped.

Crown prosecutor Germain Tremblay, who was representing the City of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, the appellant, said an appeal must be launched within 30 days of the verdict and that sometimes appeals are filed quickly, to ensure the deadline is reached, but before a ruling has been fully scrutinized. In this case, after studying the ruling, a decision was made to drop the appeal, he said.

“Ironically, the morning of the court hearing I had a hockey tournament in Quebec City,” Guerra said. “I was going to have to miss it. Now I can go. I’m really happy.”

kgreenaway@
montrealgazette.com

 

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