The national investigative committee tasked with shedding light on the murder of Marylène Lévesque in February 2020 found “major gaps” in the supervision of the murderer’s case management team which made it possible to go to three occasions in a massage parlor.
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This is the main conclusion of this National Investigation Committee on the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) and the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) which conducted 25 interviews with the stakeholders in the case. Marylène Lévesque was killed in a hotel room in Ste-Foy by Eustachio Gallese on January 22, 2020.
Marylène Levesque was killed in a hotel room in Sainte-Foy by Eustachio Gallese on January 22, 2020.
Gallese was on day parole after serving a life sentence without the possibility of release for 15 years for the murder of a first wife, Chantale Deschesnes, in 2004.
A month after Marylène’s murder, the offender pleaded guilty to a charge of premeditated murder and sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of release for 25 years.
According to the Inquiry Committee, Gallese exhibited “warning signs” in dealing with his emotions “which the case management team did not adequately assess”.
These many warning signs demonstrated a “disorganization in life. [de Gallese] which was directly linked to his cycle of delinquency ”.
The management team’s permission for the murderer to attend a massage parlor for sexual purposes on at least three occasions was a risk factor, and the team “underestimated the likelihood that the offender would bond. affective with an employee ”.
A disciplinary investigation is also underway on the staff involved in this affair, who had also been reassigned and had lost the function related to surveillance.
CSC Commissioner Anne Kelly reiterated on several occasions that the strategy developed for the offender, namely permission to attend massage parlors, was “totally inappropriate”.
She says she has never seen such a strategy in 37 years of career or identified “no similar case” in all of Canada.
Of the five recommendations, the most significant change will affect Quebec’s eight community residential centers – halfway houses – which are being stripped of the direct supervision mandate for offenders.
The Painchaud house will lose this responsibility as of March 31. Ultimately, some 120 offenders will henceforth be supervised by CSC.
Conservative MP Pierre Paul-Hus, who is working on the resumption of the investigation into Marylène by the Standing Committee on Public Safety in Ottawa, deplores that no blame is made to the PBC, whose appointments are political.
“We blame the lowest level of the scale, we attack the agent and wash the hands of the commissioners,” he laments.
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October 21, 2004: Jealous, Eustachio Gallese kills his wife at the time, Chantale Deschesne, with a hammer.
December 16, 2006: He is sentenced to life imprisonment for the second degree murder of Ms. Deschesnes, with no possibility of release for 15 years.
September 19, 2019: In hearing, the Parole Board of Canada learns that Gallese frequents a massage parlor. His day parole is not revoked, but he is prohibited from attending salons.
Fall 2019: Gallese continues to frequent massage parlors and Marylène Levesque, unbeknownst to her management team.
January 22, 2020: At the end of a supper in a hotel in Sainte-Foy, he kills Ms. Levesque with several stab wounds.
February 27, 2020: He pleads guilty to a charge of premeditated murder. He is sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of release for 25 years.
The satisfied family
A year after the tragic death of Marylène Levesque, her family say they are “satisfied” with the report’s conclusions, even if questions remain forever.
The report of the investigation committee, made public the day before the fateful date of January 22, added to the burden of the family, whose wound left by the departure of Marylène is still gaping.
The lawyer Dominique Bouchard, who spoke on behalf of the mother of the victim, however, affirms that the latter is satisfied with the conclusions.
According to the lawyer, the family is relieved to see that the commissioner of the Canadian Correctional Service has admitted “the big mistake” made by the service by accepting that Gallese commits a criminal offense to go to a massage parlor.
Avoid further dramas
She believes that the changes made in the supervision of halfway house offenders may serve to prevent similar tragedies.
Still, for someone close to Marylène, the fact that no fault is attributed to the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) is “extremely difficult” to take.
Claudia Boivin regrets that those responsible for this decision have not been sanctioned.
“Their decision however put the life of Marylène in danger and resulted in a terrible, violent and indescribable death, deplores the young woman. Another unfortunate tragedy will have to happen for the PBC to assume its responsibilities, I imagine, ”she concludes.