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Daughter of murder victim describes going through 'hell' after disappearance
Published Thursday, September 12, 2019 1:56PM EDT Last Updated Thursday, September 12, 2019 7:57PM EDT
The daughter of one of Ugo Fredette’s alleged murder victims offered tearful testimony on Thursday, saying the killing of her father made her feel like she was “in hell.”
Jennifer Lacasse described her father, Yvon Lacasse, as a gentle man who often performed acts of physical labour as a means to help others. She said he enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles and long walks, but most of all was a doting grandfather who thoroughly enjoyed life.
Lacasse described the day of her father’s disappearance, saying she received a call at 9:15 a.m. on Sept. 15, 2017 from her father’s partner. She was told her father hadn’t come home the night before, sending her into a panic.
She said she spent the day searching places her father was known to frequent. Among those was a rest stop where Yvon Lacasse, who was 71-years-old at the time of his death, often went to read. A police officer showed her video of her father’s Honda CRV driving through the park.
“I knew something bad had happened,” she said. “Somebody hurt this man who wouldn’t hurt a fly.”
Fredette is accused of killing Lacasse, as well as Veronique Barbe.
It's alleged that after killing his wife at their home in St-Eustache, Fredette fled with a child who was in the house, assaulted Lacasse, stole his car and dumped Lacasse in a field where he died.
Fredette was arrested in Ottawa seven days after the murder.
He was released from the Ottawa Civic Hospital to be escorted back to Quebec by police. Fredette asked to call his parents.
Also testifying Thursday was a police officer who played the recorded conversation between Fredette and his parents following the killings.
"It's not going well," he told his father after he picked up.
Fredette told his father his heart is racing and then tells him to take his furniture. His father says he should sell them.
"It's going to cost you $50,000 to defend yourself," he father said, telling the suspect he's become a pariah.
"If I get bail and someone sees me on the street in St-Eustache, they'll jump me," he said.
He then asks if his parents can remove nasty comments on his Facebook page – his mother tells him there are a lot of them.
The Crown will continue to present its case.
Among the witnesses, next week the jury will hear from the marriage counsellor who worked with Ugo Fredette and Veronique Barbe.