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Quebec Crown appeals after 2nd judge grants discharge to male attacker, citing career impact

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The Quebec director of prosecutions has filed a notice to appeal a decision by another judge in the province to grant a conditional discharge to a man who pleaded guilty to harming a woman, with career impacts of a conviction cited as a factor.

Audrey Roy-Cloutier, spokesperson for the Directeur des poursuites criminelles et pénales (DPCP), confirmed in an email to Global News on Thursday night that a notice of appeal has been submitted.

“The victim was notified by the prosecutor,” Roy-Cloutier said in French.

“In light of the above, the DPCP cannot comment further on this case at this time.”

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The case in question involves a Gatineau man, Joshua Schoo, who pleaded guilty on July 6, 2021, to one count each of assault, uttering a threat to cause death or bodily harm, and assault causing bodily harm.

Court documents reviewed by Global News describe Schoo and the female victim as “estranged spouses still living under the same roof with their four children” at the time of assault on March 6, 2021.

Those court documents lay out the sequence of events in the violence, and say that it was the pair’s 13-year-old daughter who called police. When they arrived, Gatineau police heard screaming, found the door to the master bedroom in the house broken down, and found Schoo on top of the woman.

She was screaming on the bed, and Schoo “had both his hands on her face, near her neck,” the court records state.

“The victim gave a video statement explaining that the Respondent placed a pillow on her face to suffocated her while saying: ‘I’m gonna beat the shit out of you,’” the records added.

An agreed upon statement of facts in the case says the victim was left with bruising on her elbows, upper arms, shoulders and throat, and that she said she “thought I was going to die.”

Their four children witnessed the attack, the court records say, and continue to struggle as a result.

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