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Friday, April 11, 2014

Brazen Brazeau Appears In Gatineau Quebec Court Room

GATINEAU, Que. – Suspended senator Patrick Brazeau is in a Gatineau, Que., court for a second day after being charged in connection with what police describe as a violent domestic disturbance.
Brazeau was arrested Thursday on charges of assault, uttering death threats, cocaine possession and breach of bail conditions.
He pleaded not guilty to all charges when he appeared in court shortly after being arrested but the prosecution opposed his release so he spent the night in jail.
Police say an incident took place early Thursday morning at a home in Gatineau that was described as an altercation between a man and a woman.
Police say the woman alleges she was assaulted and another man who was inside the house also says he was assaulted and threatened.
Brazeau was already due to appear in court Friday on charges of assault and sexual assault in relation to an incident from February 2013.
Brazeau’s lawyer, Gerard Larocque, ask for – and was granted – a postponement of proceedings against Brazeau on the earlier charges.
That case now comes back to court Apr. 25 to set a date for trial.
Larocque said Friday he was also trying to find a space in a rehabilitation centre so he could ask that Brazeau be placed in rehab rather than remaining in jail while awaiting his fate on the latest charges.
Both Larocque and Crown lawyers said they were hoping to have a decision by later in the day.
Brazeau also faces charges of fraud and breach of trust in connection with his Senate expense claims.
Last year the Senate ordered Brazeau to pay back almost $50,000 over disputed expense claims. He refused, and the Senate garnisheed his salary until last November, when he was suspended without pay.
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