The husband of a 42-year-old mother of five who died after she was stabbed and beaten in her Aylmer apartment has been charged with first-degree murder.
Alain Gascon, 49, of Quyon, is accused of killing his wife, Angela Distasio, according to court records.
Gascon appeared in court for only a few minutes today and didn’t speak as he was remanded in custody until May 1. He has not yet entered a plea.
”A court order forbids Gascon from contacting a long list of possible witnesses, including his five children. Crown attorney Sylvain Petitclerc said he will oppose bail.“They were a long-term couple,” he said, until they separated about two weeks ago.
Police are investigating at least one other possible crime scene in the case, he said, but he wouldn’t explain where or why. Two people believed to be the victim’s brother and sister were in the front row of the courtroom. Gascon glanced at them briefly and looked away. They wouldn’t talk to reporters after the brief court appearance.
The homicide took place a short time after Distasio had left the home they shared and moved into her son’s apartment, according to her stepbrother, Serge Grandbois.“ She told him, ‘Enough is enough. I do not love you anymore. I’m leaving,’” Grandbois said.
Distasio was found Sunday with serious injuries after a 911 call came from outside Distasio’s Symmes Street apartment. Distasio was taken to the Gatineau Hospital where she was pronounced dead around 2:30 a.m.
Gascon was arrested nearby, although police said he wasn’t trying to escape.
Meanwhile, an autopsy on Distasio’s body was scheduled for today in Montreal.“We will wait for the autopsy results before confirming anything,” said Const. Pierre Lanthier of Gatineau police.