DDO street hockey dispute goes into overtime
Published Monday, October 18, 2010 9:37PM EDT
A Dollard-des-Ormeaux dad contesting a $75 fine for playing street hockey has a few more months to wait for a decision.
David Sasson appeared in Pointe-Claire municipal court Monday to fight back after he was fined for playing hockey on Choquette St. on March 13 with his son and the boy's young friends.
City officials said in March players were making enough noise during a game that a neighbour complained, then, when a municipal worker showed up and asked that the game be moved to a nearby park, Sasson said he'd rather be fined.
Street hockey is technically illegal in the West Island municipality of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, as it is throughout Quebec, but like most places the bylaw is never enforced.
Sasson's 11-year-old son Josh said he thought the case was unfair, particularly because street hockey is so commonly played by young people.
"I bet you they had kids, so I don't think they should have complained, and I bet you they played when they were younger," he said.
Sasson said though he'd expected to be found guilty Monday, he wanted to be heard in court, and considered the delay in judgment a victory.
"It's a moral win for everybody," he said. "I think she (the judge) is trying to find a way (to let me off) because it doesn't make sense to her, and it doesn't make sense to anybody."
Sasson finds out Wednesday when his date in court will take place. It could be as late as March, the judge said Monday.