Beaconsfield opts to move on following conviction


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The October 2012 attack on Beaconsfi eld Director of Urban Planning outside Vaudreuil-Dorion’s Summerlea golf course was originally deemed by Sûreté du Québec to be a case of intimidation.

The City of Beaconsfield released a communiqué Wednesday, February 17, indicating it’s satisfied with the conviction handed down by the court February 3, 2016 against Gian Di Girolamo for attempting to influence public servants and a former Beaconsfield municipal councillor. Director of Urban Planning Denis Chabot was attacked outside Vaudreuil-Dorion’s Summerlea Golf Course early in October 2012. The City of Beaconsfield will also be reimbursed $55,000 for the costs it incurred in protecting its staff during this time period.

“Because of the situation, we needed private security,” said Mayor Georges Bourelle of the costs that were approved under previous Mayor David Pollock. “They needed to hire private investigators for the city and to protect Mr. Chabot by providing security at his home.”

Bourelle said the most important thing from his perspective was that any air of suspicion of elected officials or employees was removed. “They were holding the lines of the regulation of the city and because they were holding the line, they ended up being harassed and, we assume, the beating was related to that.”

“This is definitely not the type of event that anyone wants to experience, but our staff have shown exemplary integrity and determination in enforcing the City’s rules,” said Bourelle in the written statement concerning the decision recently delivered by the criminal court against contractor Johnny Di Girolamo of Constructions Renaissance. Di Girolamo was given an 18-month conditional prison sentence and will be subject to numerous peacekeeping conditions for harassing and trying to influence a municipal officer, Chabot, and an elected official, Michael Montagano. Di Girolamo’s partner, Robert Brunet, received a conditional stay of proceedings provided that he does not disturb the peace.

Two other individuals were accused in this affair but no charges were laid against them. The incidents are related to the renovation of an old residential property in 2012. Before and during the work, the City rejected the modifications requested by the contractor because they did not comply with municipal rules and regulations.

Chabot was assaulted with a baseball bat and threatened during this period. This harassment and attempt to exert influence ended when a police investigation was set up. The two men who administered the actual beating were never caught.

Bourelle confirmed reports that following the attack on Chabot, council voted strategically to allow the zoning change to pass in October, 2012.

“Council approved the requests to keep peace,” he said. “It was not a big thing. It was over a balcony at the back of the house.”

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