Meurtre d’Angela Distasio, Accused denies premeditated murder

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Sophie Prévost
(tr. AB)

Alain Gascon, 52, of Quyon, faced charges of premeditated murder at the opening of his trial for the murder of Angela Distasio, April 5. He pleaded not guilty, insisting that the actions that led to the death of his ex-wife were not premeditated. The defense will try to convince Justice Catherine Mandeville that the act was manslaughter.

Sophie Prévost
(tr. AB)

Alain Gascon, 52, of Quyon, faced charges of premeditated murder at the opening of his trial for the murder of Angela Distasio, April 5. He pleaded not guilty, insisting that the actions that led to the death of his ex-wife were not premeditated. The defense will try to convince Justice Catherine Mandeville that the act was manslaughter.
The trial included several witnesses, including the first responders, who all described a horrific and bloody crime scene on April 20, 2014 in Aylmer. Judicial pathologist Yann Dazé confirmed the violence of the crime by describing the victim’s injuries; she was repeatedly struck by a blunt object and her death was due to chest trauma caused by a sharp object. The trial is expected to last six weeks and will focus on the premeditation of the crime.
Angela Distasio and Alain Gascon separated in 2014 after living common-law for 25 years and having five children. The man could not accept the separation. After a violent altercation at the home of Mrs. Distasio’s son, Gascon attacked his ex-wife and fled the scene to visit his daughter. His son-in-law, noticing the blood on Gascon’s hands, contacted the authorities. Distasio was confirmed dead at the hospital.