A 46-year-old man is scheduled to appear Tuesday in La Malbaie, Charlevoix, on a charge of second degree murder in connection with the death of his wife.
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The tragedy occurred on March 18. This would be the 9th feminicide in 2021 in Quebec.
On April 12, after a few weeks of investigation, the Sûreté du Québec arrested the individual from Notre-Dame-des-Monts in connection with the death of Carolyne Labonté, 40 years old. As a couple, the suspect and the victim lived at the same address.
According to the SQ, Eric Levasseur will appear Tuesday by videoconference. At the time of his arrest for homicide, the suspect had already been detained since March 26 for a previous case of unauthorized possession of a firearm. His release investigation was originally scheduled for Tuesday.
On March 18, the police of the MRC de Charlevoix-Est were called to go to a residence on the main street, in Notre-Dame-des-Monts, in relation to the unexplained death of the woman. A few days later, the investigation took a different turn.
The expertise of the scene, the result of the autopsy and the result of the ballistics analysis led to the conclusion that Carolyne Labonté was the victim of a homicide.
Levasseur has a criminal history of theft and narcotics. In 2008, he signed a peace bond in connection with a charge of armed assault.
For the past year, the epidemic of violence against women has claimed a dozen victims in Quebec. Eight feminicides have occurred in Quebec since the beginning of 2021. The last would have occurred at the beginning of April. A woman found dead in Ivujivik was reportedly killed by her husband, the SQ confirmed.
At their home
In 2019, Éric Levasseur and the victim Carolyne Labonté had experienced a disturbing break-in at their residence. The local media had told of their nightmare which then involved children.
A man then allegedly smashed everything with a machete, even killing their pet.
In this case, the police had arrested Ulric Tremblay, a man “making threatening remarks and possessing a bladed weapon” in the streets of Notre-Dame-des-Monts.