Death of Norah and Romy Carpentier | Quebec orders a public inquiry

(Quebec) In the wake of allegations of failures in the police operation, Quebec orders a public coroner’s inquest to shed light on the deaths of Norah and Romy Carpentier, killed in July 2020 by their father, Martin Carpentier.

Updated yesterday at 5:29 p.m.

Fanny Levesque

Fanny Levesque
The Press

Public Security Minister Geneviève Guilbault on Wednesday asked the Chief Coroner, Ms.and Pascale Descary, in accordance with article 106 of the Law on the investigation of the causes and circumstances of deathto order the holding of a public inquiry into the facts relating to the tragic deaths of the three members of the Carpentier family which occurred in the summer of 2020.

Mme Guilbault said on Wednesday that she was “troubled” by the revelations made by the show Investigation and the release of the mother of two girls, Amélie Lemieux. “She challenged me directly, from mother to mother, saying to put herself in her place and to have a public inquiry,” said the minister, who did not speak with The best. “I’m open to talking to her if she wants to,” she added.


Geneviève Guilbault, Minister of Public Security

Radio-Canada revealed on March 10 the content of an investigation revealing a series of errors that would have been committed by the Sûreté du Québec during the crucial hours following the disappearance of the girls. The dismantling of a unit specializing in “terrestrial research” in 2019 is pointed out. The abandonment of an important track (sandal footprint) and priority search areas are also disputed.

Wednesday, Guilbault recalled that the directors general of the police forces were “independent” in their operational decisions. “My responsibility is to make sure that we have a director general at the Sûreté du Québec who does the work,” she added.

“The people are competent, the capabilities are there, at the Sûreté du Québec, and I have no doubts about that, but the fact remains that there are serious questions that have been raised, which persist, and I I read like you the cry from the heart of this mother who challenged us, who needs answers to her questions”, summed up the minister.

“Bringing All the Light”

The Legault government hopes that “the holding of a public inquiry will shed light on this terrible tragedy”. The Coroner’s Office confirmed Wednesday that the Deputy Chief Coroner, Mr.and Luc Malouin would chair the work.

After the broadcast of the report, the coroner Mand Sophie Régnière, who led the investigation into the deaths of the three members of the Carpentier family, ruled that she would carry out further investigation. “Under the circumstances, Mr.and Malouin will continue the research and information gathering work initiated by Mr.and Régnière in the last days, ”said the Coroner’s Office.

“This preparatory work will give rise to public hearings, the dates of which will be announced later,” it was added.

Mand Sophie Régnière filed her investigation reports on November 3.

With the collaboration of Gabriel Béland, The Press

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