Jail recommended for police officer after high-speed crash kills boy

Jail recommended for police officer after high-speed crash kills boy
Jail recommended for SQ officer who killed boy during high-speed chase
A Surete du Quebec officer who crashed into a car at high speed and killed a 5-year-old boy during a surveillance operation will likely be sentenced to jail time.

The Crown and the defence submitted a joint proposal to the court on Monday in Longueuil, recommending that Patrick Ouellet receive an eight-month sentence.

Ouellet was convicted in July of dangerous driving causing the 2014 death of Nicolas Thorne-Belance.

The Crown and the defence submitted a joint proposal to the court today in Longueuil, Que. recommending that Patrick Ouellet be given an eight-month sentence.

The police officer addressed the court, expressing his sympathy to family members of Nicolas, who were in the courtroom.

Ouellets trial heard he was travelling at more than 120 km/h in a 50 km/h zone when he hit the vehicle carrying the boy in a suburb just south of Montreal.

Ouellet's trial heard he was travelling at more than 120 km/h in a 50 km/h zone when he hit the vehicle carrying the boy.

"We have taken into consideration all the jurisprudence, in particular the sentences handed down to police officers who have come before the court in circumstances similar to those in this case," prosecutor Genevieve Langlois said.

Nicholas Thorne-Belance was killed in February 2014 when an unmarked SQ police car slammed into the car his father was driving.

This is the unmarked police car SQ officer Patrick Ouellet was driving when he smashed into a car driven by Mike Belance. Nicholas Thorne-Belance died several days later.

The Crown and the defence recommended Patrick Ouellet face a sentence far less than the maximum of 14 years in prison.

Nicholas Thorne-Belance's mother, Stephanie Thorne, centre, arrives at the Longueuil courthouse in 2015, for the appearance of officer Patrick Ouellet. Phil Carpenter / Montreal Gazette

LONGUEUIL — A provincial police officer who crashed into a car at high speed and killed a 5-year-old boy during a surveillance operation will likely be sentenced to jail time.

The Crown and the defence submitted a joint proposal to the court on Monday in Longueuil, recommending that Patrick Ouellet receive an eight-month sentence.

On Monday, Ouellet told the judge he felt great sympathy for the child’s family members in the courtroom.

Ouellet’s trial heard he was travelling at more than 120 km/h in a 50 km/h zone when he hit the vehicle carrying the boy in a suburb just south of Montreal.

“We have taken into consideration all the jurisprudence, in particular the sentences handed down to police officers who have come before the court in circumstances similar to those in this case,” prosecutor Genevieve Langlois said.