Guilty of domestic violence, a Gatineau resident receives a conditional discharge

Guilty of domestic violence, a Gatineau resident receives a conditional discharge

While the Crown was asking for six months in prison, the judge ruled that it would jeopardize Joshua Schoo's job with the City of Ottawa.

A Gatineau resident who admitted causing harm to his wife after strangling, threatening and assaulting her received a conditional discharge to protect his career and so that he can continue to travel abroad with his children .

Judge Serge Laurin granted a discharge with numerous conditions to Joshua Schoo, on July 27, in the Criminal and Penal Division of the Court of Quebec.

< p class="e-p"> The man admitted to having been violent during an argument in March 2021 with the one who had been his wife of 17 years as well as the mother of his four children. He pleaded guilty to three counts of domestic violence.

At the time of the events, Joshua Schoo had just returned to the family home after having had an extramarital relationship for several months. He had also encouraged his wife to form such a relationship herself.

But when his wife told him that she had met another man, Mr. Schoo the took it badly, details the judgment in English.

The man, who had started drinking earlier that same day, began to insult his spouse and throw objects out of the windows of the residence. He broke down the bedroom door where the woman had taken refuge, sat on her chest, held a pillow to her face and his hand to her neck and face.

The couple's children witnessed the attack. It was their 13-year-old daughter who called the police, reporting that her father was beating her mother and that he was intoxicated, the judgment indicates.

This attack left the woman with several bruises on her arms and wrists, scratches on her shoulders and strong red marks on the base of her neck.

In an email presented in court, the victim says she was broken by this event during which she believed she was going to die. “I mourn for my children who I hope will one day heal and for my family who I thought was [inviolable]. This is my life, my new reality. A broken heart, a broken home, far from the dream I once had,” she wrote.

Judge Serge Laurin noted several extenuating circumstances.< /p>

The evidence showed no history of domestic violence during their marriage. The evidence showed some confrontations between them but no physical violence. It was an isolated event in a 17-year marriage, he wrote.

He also notes that the man has already spent a significant period of time in therapy without waiting for judgment to impose it, that he has stopped consuming alcohol and that he has expressed sincere remorse.

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While the Crown demanded six months in prison, the judge ruled that it would jeopardize Joshua Schoo's job with the City of Ottawa and therefore the family's income .

Mr. Schoo also avoids having a criminal record for these offenses, since with such a record it should be impossible for him to visit his sister in the United States and vacation there with his children. . Additionally, it [could prevent him] from doing community service at his church, the document notes.

Joshua Schoo will be subject to a two-year probationary period, during which he will not be able to contact the victim in any way or approach him. He will also have to continue his therapies, perform 250 hours of community service and donate $5,000 to an organization.

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