Man charged in Gatineau killing appears in court
Alain Blais charged with second-degree murder in death of 41-year-old woman
A 62-year-old man charged with second-degree murder in connection with the discovery of a woman's body near a Hull sector home appeared in a Gatineau court Monday.
Alain Blais was charged following the death of 41-year-old Marie-Josée Guenette, the woman he lived with at 49 rue Montpetit.
Gatineau police said the Guenette was known to them. They said Blais was known to other police forces, but they knew little about him.
Court documents showed Blais had a criminal history with previous convictions including fraud, uttering threats and assault.
Man confessed to a killing
Police were called to a home at 49 rue Montpetit Friday after a man told people at a local shelter he had "commis l’irréparable," or done something irreparable.
However, police said they found nothing abnormal in a search of the home that day. They contacted witnesses, including the victim's family, before sending the case to their criminal investigations division.
On Saturday, Gatineau police said the man came to the Ottawa police station on Elgin Street and confessed to a killing.
Ottawa police arrested him and contacted Gatineau police, who went back to the house and found a woman’s body outside.
Gatineau police Const. Pierre Lanthier said in a news release Monday that despite earlier reports, the woman’s body had not been dismembered.
An autopsy was scheduled for Monday.
Blais will be back in court Nov. 1.