Hitman-turned-informant said he participated in murder of Rocco Sollecito

The Mafia hitman additionally advised police he had issue coping with the deaths of the Falduto brothers.

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The hitman who killed two brothers from Montreal and later grew to become a police informant additionally confessed to police that he participated within the homicide of Rocco Sollecito.

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The hitman’s admission to involvement within the killing the Montreal Mafia chief was revealed to the jury listening to the trial of Marie-Josée Viau, 46, and Man Dion, 49, on Thursday. The couple are charged with first-degree homicide and conspiracy within the deaths of brothers Vincent and Giuseppe Falduto. They aren’t charged with killing Sollecito.

Whereas testifying for a 3rd day on the Gouin courthouse, Sgt. Stéphane Malenfant, a supervising investigator with the Sûreté du Québec, was requested questions by defence legal professional Nellie Benoît in regards to the vetting course of the SQ used earlier than the provincial police signed the informant to a contract that allowed him to start working for them. He ended up secretly recording conversations he had with Viau and Dion in the course of the summer season of 2019.

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Malenfant stated that because the hitman supplied particulars of the crimes he had dedicated, he admitted that he had a task within the demise Sollecito, who was shot in Laval in Could 2016.

“In actual fact, his participation was within the (murders of) the Falduto brothers and in Rocco Sollecito,” Malenfant stated whereas responding to one among Benoît’s questions. “(There have been) three victims in two occasions.”

When Viau and Dion’s trial started, prosecutor Isabelle Poulin described the informant as “a Mafia hitman.” The informant, whose title can’t be printed, is predicted to testify later within the trial. The Crown’s idea is that the hitman shot the Falduto brothers on June 30, 2016, contained in the storage on Viau and Dion’s farm in St-Jude. Viau and Dion are alleged to have incinerated the our bodies in barrels on their property and to have dumped the stays in a river throughout the road from their residence.

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The hitman determined to turn out to be an informant early in 2019.

The SQ investigator additionally stated the informant started making a collection of sworn statements, recorded on video, to SQ investigators on Jan. 27, 2019, lower than every week after he was launched to Malenfant.

Benoît requested Malenfant to verify whether or not the informant appeared to have issue, or was upset, over how he killed the Falduto brothers whereas the statements had been recorded.

“Sure. That was my notion based mostly on his (physique language). And based mostly on what he stated,” Malenfant stated.

Malenfant supervised the SQ officers who acted because the informant’s controllers, investigators who interacted with the hitman on a near-daily foundation as he tried to get proof for use in opposition to Viau and Dion. The informant was utilized in 4 “situations” to secretly document conversations with the couple.

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Additionally on Thursday, Malenfant was once more requested questions on one factor that motivated the hitman to turn out to be an informant. Benoît requested the investigator to verify whether or not the hitman needed individuals who sexually assaulted him prior to now to be investigated and that he needed to seek the advice of a psychiatrist to assist take care of the sexual assaults.

“He defined {that a} psychiatrist would assist to clarify to us how a troublesome man like him could possibly be sexually assaulted a number of instances with out in search of revenge,” Malenfant stated.

In a follow-up query, Benoît requested if the hitman claimed he was sexually assaulted by three ladies.

Superior Courtroom Justice Éric Downs requested the jury listening to the trial to depart the courtroom earlier than Malenfant may reply the query.

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When the jury returned, Downs requested Benoît to vary the topic of her questions.

Malenfant additionally confirmed that, on April 29, 2019, he did surveillance on the hitman at his residence as a result of he was suicidal. His report on what occurred that day described how one other SQ investigator adopted the hitman as he exited his condominium constructing and spoke to him for 22 minutes, in pouring rain, earlier than he was satisfied to dry off in Malenfant’s automotive.

In some unspecified time in the future earlier than that incident, Malenfant stated, the SQ had damaged off communications with the informant. However they resumed working with him once more shortly after Salvatore Scoppa was murdered in Laval at a resort on Could 4, 2019. Scoppa is known as as an alleged co-conspirator within the deaths of the Falduto brothers.

One other problem that got here up with the informant, Malenfant confirmed, was that he was contemplating gathering cash owed to him “from the road,” together with from Gilles Lambert, a member of the Hells Angels. Malenfant stated the hitman was suggested that wouldn’t be a good suggestion if he was going to work with the SQ.

Malenfant will resume his testimony on Friday.

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