Finally a trial date has been set, over one year after Mr. Alex Montreuil was attacked at Jewish General Hospital by having his known life-threatening allergen thrown in his face causing a severe allergic reaction. Evelyn Samantha Donis will stand trial for using a weapon in assaulting a person contrary to section 267(a) of the Canadian Criminal Code.
As you can see from this photo taken at the court house, she looked relaxed and happy, and explained to the Judge that the reason she missed two previous Court appearances is that she “simply forgot to show up.” The crazy thing is, Samantha Donis confronted Mr. Montreuil after overhearing him request an allergy aware meal in English, and she ordered him to speak French, but Ms. Donis is English speaking and requested a French to English translator for the trial.
There is no defense for this crime because the attack was witnessed. Ms. Donis could face jail time of up to 18 months, if the Crown proceeds by way of summary conviction, or jail time of up to 10 years if indicted. I eagerly await the trial date so that justice may finally be served.
To watch the Global Montreal news coverage of the court appearance, click here. Global Montreal”s reporter Anne Leclair has done an excellent job covering this story, and I’ve been honored to be interviewed by her about this case. I appreciate the compassion she has shown to the victim, Alex Montreuil, and the interest she has shown in this case.
UPDATE: On January 26, 2015, Ms. Donis took an A10 which requires her to keep the peace, not handle weapons, and to stay 100 meteres away from Mr. Montreuil for a period of one year. If she does not follow her conditions, she could spend up to 2 years in prison.
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