A Superior Court judge has rejected a request from five men, charged in connection with a gangland slaying, who sought to have their case stayed by arguing it has taken the Crown too long to prosecute them.
Superior Court Justice Guy Cournoyer delivered his decision Friday morning, one day after another man accused of murder, Sivaloganathan Thanabalasingham, saw his second-degree murder case stayed because of a Supreme Court of Canada decision (commonly referred to in legal circles as the Jordan decision) rendered last summer. The Supreme Court ruled that a person accused of a crime in Superior Court should not expect to wait more than 30 months for a trial. Thanabalasingham was charged with the murder of his wife.
The five men charged with the gangland slaying: Edrick Antoine, 38, Olivier Gay, 34, Stanley Minuty, 33, Kevin Tate, 33, Leonard Faustin Etienne, 36, also sought to have their cases stayed based on the same Supreme Court decision. All five are charged with the murder of Gaetan Gosselin, 69, who was at the time a close associate of influential organized crime figure Raynald Desjardins. Gosselin was killed in front of his home on Jean Tavenier St. in St-Léonard on Jan. 22, 2013.
Gay is also charged with the first-degree murder of Vincenzo (Vincent) Scuderi, 49, who was killed outside his home in St-Léonard on Jan. 31, 2013. Scuderi was a very close associate of Giuseppe De Vito, a leader of a Mafia clan who died of cyanide poisoning on July 8, 2013, while serving a sentence at a federal penitentiary near Quebec City. All three men were believed to be rivals of Mafia leader Vito Rizzuto as he fought in 2013 to re-establish his organization’s hold on the Montreal Mafia before he died of natural causes in December of the same year.