Assault on a tenant: community work for a real estate investor

Voie de fait sur un locataire: des travaux communautaires pour un investisseur immobilier

Voie de fait sur un locataire: des travaux communautaires pour un investisseur immobilier

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June 17, 2020

Updated on 18 June 2020 at 4h05

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Assault on a tenant: community work for a real estate investor

Voie de fait sur un locataire: des travaux communautaires pour un investisseur immobilier

Voie de fait sur un locataire: des travaux communautaires pour un investisseur immobilier

Marc Allard

The Sun

A real estate investor from Quebec city who had been attacked by a former tenant struggling with a mental health disorder has been subject to community work, but will not have a criminal record if he complies with the conditions of his probation.

Wednesday afternoon, judge Francis Dugré of the municipal court of Québec city was the sentencing of Frederick Murray, who had pleaded guilty to a charge of assault, on 22 January.

The assault was a result of an escalation of tensions between the real estate investor and Jean-Paul Boily, an ex-tenant who had endured during twenty months of Airbnb in a building on rue Saint-Jean before making a complaint to the City of Quebec.

The judge has demanded that Murray performs 80 hours of community work. It has granted him a conditional discharge, that is to say that Murray will not have a criminal record if he complies with the conditions of their probation of two years. “The Court considers that the public interest would be met” to the extent that the absolution is conditional to a probation, noted the judge Dugré.

According to the judge, Murray, who has no criminal record, has a “genuine interest” to avoid a criminal record. A criminal record may affect his / her travel to the United States, where he has real estate projects in Florida, and hurt him with the Order of chartered accountants, of which he is a member, explained the judge.

During his probation, Murray will keep the peace and being of good behaviour, abstain from communicating with the victim, to bother, to follow or stalk or travel to his residence or to his workplace, and comply with the conditions of his community service.

In January, the prosecution had called for Murray to obtain a criminal record, arguing inter alia that the victim had been “badly shaken by the situation”.

On Wednesday, the judge Dugré has pointed out that the assault suffered by Jean-Paul Boily was “sick”. It was also noted that any citizen should act with “compassion” for the citizens afflicted by psychopathology. The judge pointed out, however, that it was not a question of aggravating factors in the case.

Delayed several weeks due to the pandemic, the award made against Frederick Murray puts a final end to a troubling episode in the life of Jean-Paul Boily, a man in his forties who suffers from an anxiety disorder, severe.

As reported The Sun in march, Mr. Boily has been the tenant of Frederick Murray in a building on rue Saint-Jean, where several apartments have been converted to Airbnb, according to several witnesses and tickets issued by the City of Québec.

During the twenty months in which he endured the inconvenience of tourists who came to the building, Jean-Paul Boily said she complained in vain to Frederick Murray. “I told him : “There, it is a mess; yesterday, they were four again.” He said : “Jean-Paul, what is important to me, this is my five stars.” It kept me repeat that : its five-star” had told Mr. Boily to the Sun.

Voie de fait sur un locataire: des travaux communautaires pour un investisseur immobilier

While he lived in the building on rue Saint-Jean, Jean-Paul Boily has filed a complaint with the City of Quebec, which has issued a number of citations of the Buildings on Murray for hosting illegal tourists.

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While he lived in the building on rue Saint-Jean, Jean-Paul Boily has filed a complaint with the City of Quebec, which has issued a number of citations of the Buildings on Murray for hosting illegal tourists.

The tension has mounted between the two men. Jean-Paul Boily said that he has been intimidated on several occasions by Murray. Boily, he stuck posters on the windows of another building belonging to the Estate of Murray on the rue Saint-Jean, threatening Frederick Murray to report to TVA and to the police. A telephone booth, Boily has also called Murray by mentioning the name of his mother and the treating of “son of a bitch”.

Then, on July 6, 2018, Jean-Paul Boily was walking on René-Lévesque boulevard when he crossed Frederick Murray, who drove in a Ferrari. Murray was followed on foot on the sidewalk, was told off and was seized by the neck in the stairs to a convenience store in the rue Bourlamaque.

Captured by the surveillance camera of the convenience store, the images of the assault were released on January 22, the municipal court of Québec.

In an interview with The Sun, Frederick Murray was surprised to not have flipped out more against Boily, after all the posters he had stuck on to his property and the insults received over the phone about his mother.

“I’m not perfect, sometimes I’m aggressive when I lack respect, had said Murray in the Sun. I’m working on it, I try to do yoga and full business even. I still have to work, because at the core, I’m a guy aggressive. Me, in my head, that day, I am impressed not to have lost more control than that.”

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