Judge: Lafleur aware his son violated conditions of bail

Updated: November 5, 2007, 3:16 PM ET
Associated Press

MONTREAL -- Hockey legend Guy Lafleur knew his son was breaking conditions of his bail, a judge said Monday in denying a request to let Mark Lafleur live with his father.

"While, according to the testimony of the accused and his father before this court on Oct. 15, it seems that rather than sleeping at his father's house, [his father] allowed him to spend the weekends or nights in the company of his girlfriend, aged 16, in two different hotels," Quebec Superior Court Justice Carol Cohen said in denying the younger Lafleur's request for bail.

The former Montreal Canadiens star had testified before the court that his son was abiding by a court-ordered curfew while staying with his parents on weekends.

Lafleur has since admitted that he drove his son to hotels to spend the night with his girlfriend.

Lafleur's 23-year-old son faces more than 20 criminal charges, including sexually assaulting a minor, armed assault, uttering threats, and forcible confinement between 2004 and 2007.

The younger Lafleur has been in custody since he being arrested in September for violating conditions of his original bail.

Cohen noted that when Guy Lafleur was asked why he didn't tell the court about the hotel stays, he said "nobody asked him."

But it is ultimately the younger Lafleur's responsibility, she said.

She denied the defense's request to release the younger Lafleur to live with his father. He had been kicked out of the halfway house where he was staying during the week.

"The accused's request for release so he can live with his father -- and this is the only proposal he is putting forth -- cannot be granted in light of the father's tolerance ... for the non-respect of the halfway house's rules and for the accused's silence in court on Sept. 19 regarding his trips to the motel," Cohen wrote.

Defense lawyer Jean-Pierre Rancourt said he is considering an appeal because the trial isn't set to begin until May.

"It's too long for a person who is detained," he said.

Rancourt said Guy Lafleur was not being untruthful when he testified.

"He was not trying to hide anything from the court and the court took it that way," Rancourt said.

He said having a famous father means his case -- and the judge -- are under greater public scrutiny than usual.

"I think that it's normal in a case like this that the judges are more careful," Rancourt said. "If it was not Guy Lafleur's son, nobody would be here today."


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