Suspicious deaths in Gaspésie: the thesis of murder followed by suicide investigated

The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) is investigating the suspicious deaths of two people at an apartment building in Carleton-sur-Mer, Gaspésie on Thursday evening.

It was around 9:30 p.m. Thursday when police discovered Monique Landry, 58, and Jean-Guy Godbout, 65, unconscious in a house on Chemin Saint-Louis. The victims were found dead in the hospital a few hours later, SQ said.

Although the SQ favored the thesis of murder followed by suicide, it is still impossible to confirm that this actually happened, said Hélène Saint-Pierre, spokeswoman for the SQ.

At the time of writing, investigators were still at the scene.

According to neighbors met by TVA Nouvelle, the two people had been in a relationship for 43 years. However, the couple no longer seemed to live in perfect happiness.

“He didn’t feel yesterday. He had no place to stay and was supposed to see a lawyer,” a neighbor of the couple said.

According to information from TVA Nouvelles, Jean-Guy Godbout violently stabbed Monique Landry before taking his own life.

“My daughter stays ahead of them and it woke her up at 9am. She heard devilish screams, she said. It was screaming terribly,” a woman said on TVA’s airwaves.

Increase in violence against women

According to the organization Alliance of Second Stage Shelters for Women (Alliance MH2) and Child Victims of Domestic Violence, deconfinement could lead abusive partners to increase violence and domination strategies for fear of losing control over their victims.

“It’s important to remember that feminicide is just the tip of the iceberg of violence against women; for every murder of a woman in a marital context, there would be 3 attempted murders and 3,000 female victims of physical violence,” the organization said in a press release released on Friday.

Events occurring as the government prepares to submit Bill 2, which aims to amend family law, for consideration. Therefore, the MH2 Alliance hopes that a clear definition of domestic violence will be added.

“The changes being initiated to better support victims of domestic violence must be reflected in all relevant legislation of the Quebec government,” said Gaelle Fedida, Policy Files Coordinator at Alliance MH2.

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