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Dorval

Bail hearing today for 12-year-old charged in Dorval shooting;Father has faced assault and gun charges

  • Police were still outside the house on Hamilton Place in Dorval on Tuesday morning where the shooting took place.
    Police were still outside the house on Hamilton Place in Dorval on Tuesday morning where the shooting took place.
    Photo credit: John Kenney , The Gazette

The father of the 12-year-old boy charged this week with shooting his older brother owns $6,000 worth of hunting guns and was once ordered to stay away from his family.

While the investigation continues into Monday’s death, in which police said a “family gun” was used, the boy is to appear Friday in Youth Court for a bail hearing. He was charged Tuesday with manslaughter and possession of a prohibited firearm.

According to court documents, the boy’s father, who can’t be named to protect the identity of his son, was arrested in May 2007. He was charged with assault with a weapon against his youngest son, who would have been about 7 at the time, and is now in custody facing his own charges.

The father was also charged with assaulting his older son, who would have been about 11 at the time and is now dead, assaulting his wife and uttering death threats against her, as well as improper storage of a firearm.

He was released on a promise to appear and had to agree not to be in contact with his two sons or wife and not to go within 300 metres of their Dorval home. He was also not to possess any weapons.

A year later, in June, all the charges against him were withdrawn and he signed a one-year undertaking to keep the peace and not contact his wife, except to have access to their children, as stipulated in the couple’s custody arrangement. The couple, who married in 1990, divorced in July 2008.

Late Monday afternoon, the 46-year-old mother returned home to find that her 16-year-old boy had been rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead after being shot in the upper body, according to police. The 12-year-old, after being questioned by police investigators through the night in the presence of one of his parents, was charged.

One neighbour, Andrew Carruthers, described the mother as a nice person and devoted parent who did a lot for her sons, like driving them to activities.

Carruthers described both boys as well-behaved and polite.

“Sometimes they would ask whether we need help carrying in the groceries,” he said. “They are the kind of neighbours you would want to have.”

Neither the boy nor his family members can be named under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

According to court documents, the woman had taken her husband to court several times over child support payments, and in one affidavit dated November 2011 noted that he had money to take weeklong hunting trips to New Brunswick and Bromont. That same month, he was ordered to pay $400 a month for the two boys.

The mother was trying to get him to contribute to the cost of braces, summer camp and sports activities for the boys — expenses she couldn’t afford alone on her $35,000 salary, she said in affidavits filed in court. She also asked for money that was “either owing or paid to” Abe Worenklein, a psychologist who deals with family conflicts and the effects of divorce on children.

In July 2010, he owed more than $2,000 in outstanding support payments and the federal government garnished his wages, court documents say. The father, 48, lost his job in June 2010 and couldn’t pay support, so asked that it be cancelled.

The documents list $6,000 in hunting rifles under the husband’s assets.

The man was also charged by the Kahnawake police force in 1999 with improper storage of a firearm, but the charge was withdrawn.

In the early stages of the investigation into Monday’s shooting, Montreal police said it may have been accidental.

But the crown prosecutor in the case, Marie-Claude Bourassa, said the evidence does not indicate it was an accident.

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