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Man whose dog mauled girl in Brossard park is denied parole

A South Shore man serving a five-year prison term because his pit bull-type dog attacked and disfigured a 7-year-old girl in a park in Brossard has been turned down for parole because he prefers to serve his time in almost complete isolation.

On Sept. 20, 2015, Karim Jean-Gilles and his mother brought his two dogs to Marquise Park in Brossard. The dogs were not on leashes and when Magdalena Biron, the 7-year-old girl’s mother, objected the dogs began to growl. Biron’s two young girls ran from the dogs. Jean-Gilles’s pit bull-type canine, named Ashes, caught up to 7-year-old Vanessa and attacked her. She suffered several lacerations and multiple fractures to her face as well as a fracture at the base of her skull and right hand. Her jaw was also fractured. Nerves and muscles in her face were torn, leaving parts of her face permanently paralyzed.

Last year, Jean-Gilles was convicted of criminal negligence causing bodily harm and was sentenced, on March 23, 2018, to a four-year prison term that was combined with a sentence he received for having threatened a bailiff who tried to serve him with a summons at his home. Overall he is currently serving a 69-month prison term.

According to the written summary of a decision recently made by the Parole Board of Canada, Jean-Gilles has so far served his time in almost complete isolation. It was the main reason behind the board’s decision to turn him down for parole.

Jean-Gilles, 37, refused to attend his parole hearing in person and it had to be held through a video-conference. He also refused to take part in two parole hearings scheduled earlier this year. In one case, on July 25, he claimed the parole board did not calculate his overall sentence properly. When two board members informed him they had nothing to do with calculating the length of his sentence, he walked away from a hearing before it could even begin.

“You are described as an antisocial person, irritable, who does not tolerate others and espouses the ideology of the Freeman on the Land,” the author of the written decision noted.

Freeman on (or of) the Land are a group of individuals who refuse to accept police authority and believe they can choose which laws apply to them.

Jean-Gilles has been written up three times by Correctional Service Canada (CSC) for refusing to provide urine samples for drug testing.

When he entered his first federal penitentiary last year, he refused to talk with anyone, including his case-management team. When he was transferred to another penitentiary he requested to be placed in isolation and so far has only spoken to one CSC employee, uttering a few words through the door of his cell.

The parole decision also describes how he “still refuses to meet with his parole officer despite an attempt to communicate through a note to inform you of the (process involved in preparing for a parole hearing) and the necessity to (meet with a parole officer).”

pcherry@postmedia.com

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