Crime: Attempted Murder
Richard Trottier of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, is not the sort of man a woman would want to be involved with. I’m not saying that because he’s deaf. I am kinda saying it because he is a drug abuser. But mostly I’m saying it because he’s a violent POS who tried to kill the mother of his child.
Richard Trottier and Marie-Josée Truchon had had a rocky relationship. They were both hearing impaired, but that didn’t bring them closer. In 2002 they had a son together, and that didn’t bring them closer either.
I’m as sure as can be that at 3:30 a.m. on July 6, 2010, their tumultuous relationship was finally over. That’s when Marie-Josée Truchon was almost murdered.
Throughout the years, Richard Trottier would demand money from Marie-Josée Truchon so he could pay for some drugs. In my opinion, she should’ve bounced his doped-up ass to the curb years before. But she didn’t. Maybe she wanted her boy to have a father in his life. I doubt he was much of a father.
On July 6, 2010, Marie-Josée Truchon and Richard Trottier had an argument over how he treated their son. They argued for hours through the night. She got very upset, so at 3:30 a.m. she walked out onto the balcony of her apartment to calm down with a coffee and a cigarette. She had her back turned to Richard Trottier, so she didn’t see him coming. All she knew was she’d been lifted into the air and thrown off the balcony.
It was nothing less than a miracle that the petite woman survived the fall. She was in a coma for 5 days, and in hospital for 3 months.
On October 29, 2010, Marie-Josée Truchon was released from the hospital and sent to the Maison des Sourds, a medical centre that helps people with hearing and vision problems. Lucky her, guess who was intoxicated and waiting for her there. That’s right, Richard Trottier.
When the murderous hellbeast saw her, he dropped to his knees and signed, “Forgive me. It’s my fault. I threw you.” That’s a confession, folks! And 5 people in the centre witnessed it! They were also hearing impaired and understood sign language.
Richard Trottier was arrested and charged with attempted murder. The cowardly f*ckturd pled not guilty of course. He claimed that Marie-Josée Truchon had attempted suicide by jumping off the balcony. Riiight.
The trial required several interpreters who understood different forms of sign language. As one interpreter would translate the testimony, another would be checking for errors.
On October 31, 2016, Quebec Court Judge Yvan Poulin found Richard Trottier guilty of attempted murder.
The would-be killer still maintained his innocence, but appealed to the judge to consider his deafness.
“I am deaf. I don’t know how it would go (inside a penitentiary), but I ask that you do not send me,” Richard Trottier signed.
The defense attorney, Nicolas Welt, argued that, because of lack of premeditation, and because of his handicap, Richard Trottier should be sentenced to 5 years in prison.
The Crown prosecutor, Sylvie Dulude, argued that his vicious crime ranked in the highest sentencing bracket, and so he should serve 15 years or more.
On March 16, 2017, Judge Poulin stated, “In the case of the accused, it is clear that his deafness and his incapacity to speak will not make things easy during his period of incarceration.”
The judge continued on, saying that Richard Trottier’s handicap was “a pertinent mitigating factor within the framework of considering the circumstances of the accused.” Uh oh, sounds like he’s siding with the defense — but hold on.
“While certain mitigating circumstances are present, the gravity of (what Trottier did) and the weight of the aggravating factors call for a sentence that is more significant than 5 years of incarceration,” Judge Poulin decided. He then sentenced Richard Trottier, 49, to 7 years in prison.
Dang! I was hoping for way more than that! After all, Marie-Josée Truchon is still living with the effects of the crime. Her intestinal system is still damaged despite her having had several surgeries, and she still has to use a cane to walk.
Her son is now an adolescent and he lives with her mother during the week, and visits her on the weekends.
I wish Marie-Josée Truchon and her son all the best. I hope she gets all the support and therapy she needs to live a normal life.
As to Richard Trottier, he should thank the heavens that he wasn’t charged with murder, that his attempt to kill the mother of his child ultimately failed. But I doubt he’ll be feeling grateful for anything while he’s behind bars. Hopefully he’ll come out of prison a far, far better man than the hellbeast who’s gone in.