Monday, May 9, 2016

Mom Boucher, Gregory Wooley preliminary inquiry delayed


Maurice (Mom) Boucher
A preliminary inquiry in the case in which Maurice (Mom) Boucher and Gregory Woolley are charged with plotting to kill Raynald Desjardins was delayed on Monday because of requests from defence lawyers.

Boucher used to be one of the most powerful Hells Angels in Quebec. Woolley was one of Boucher’s most trusted lieutenants during the period that came to be known as the biker war, which stretched from 1994 to 2002. Through his lawyer, Rejean Sharpe, Wooley also filed a complaint over the conditions he is detained under at the Riviere des Prairies Detention Centre.

Gregory Wooley
At the start of what was supposed to be the hearing on Monday, Quebec Court Judge Marco Labrie announced that because the defence motions were filed to a higher court, Quebec’s Superior Court, he was unable to hear arguments on them. The issues will have to be heard by the higher court before anything else can proceed, Labrie said. The upcoming court appearances of Boucher have been moved to a secure courthouse in Montreal. Boucher had initially been scheduled to appear at a courthouse in Longueuil, Que., south of Montreal.

He is accused of conspiring to murder Raynald Desjardins, a high-ranking Mafia member. He was one of the few non-Italians who had entered the core of the Rizzuto Family. Desjardins played a significant role as man-in-the-middle. He often attended Hells Angels parties and frequently met with Maurice "Mom" Boucher. Boucher and his daughter Alexandra Mongeau were arrested in November 2015.

Raynald Desjardins

Ste-Anne-des-Plaines Institution
Preliminary hearings were moved to Montreal's Gouin courthouse, which has an underground tunnel to the nearby Bordeaux prison. The Gouin courthouse has been the site of several high-profile biker gang trials, and is equipped with metal detectors and a reinforced dock for the accused.

A publication ban was placed on the arguments that the Crown made to the court for having the trial moved. Boucher will be moved from the super-maximum-security facility at the Ste-Anne-des-Plaines Institution, where he is serving a life sentence for the 1997 murders of two prison guards.

Alexandra Mongeau