Gatineau police have charged a 49-year-old man with first-degree murder in the death of his wife over the long weekend.

Alain Gascon of Quyon, Que. appeared in a Gatineau courtroom Tuesday afternoon to face the charge.

Police allege Gascon caused the death of his wife Angela Distasio, 42.

Distasio had been found badly injured at 45 Symmes Street in the Aylmer sector Sunday night and died of her injuries in hospital on Monday.

Gascon and Distasio were married and have five children but had separated a few weeks ago, said Crown lawyer Sylvain Petitclerc.

Gascon scanned the courtroom several times on Tuesday, looking at people in attendance but otherwise showed no emotion during his brief appearance, according to the CBC's Kristy Nease. 

Two or more crime scenes

Distasio's relatives in attendance held hands and left the courtroom in tears, declining to speak with reporters.

Police are looking at two crime scenes and are looking into the possibility of other locations, according to Petitclerc.

Gatineau police said Gascon's Toyota Corolla has since been towed from the scene.

Defence lawyer Marino Mendo said he spoke to the accused for 20 to 30 minutes and said that Gascon was crying, "overwhelmed," and unaware what was going on.

Gascon has a criminal record dating back to 1987 in Gatineau, when court documents show he pleaded guilty to multiple offences including theft and break and enter.

He had been sentenced to four months in jail and two years probation.

Distasio's death is Gatineau's third homicide of 2014. Police said they aren't looking for any other suspects.