Eustachio Gallese, 51, was on parole after 15 years in prison for the brutal murder of his ex-partner when he murdered Marylène Levesque in a hotel in the Quebec suburbs of Sainte-Foy in January of last year . Gallese pleaded guilty to first degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 25 years in February 2020. Gallese had regularly met Levesque, whom he knew from his work in an erotic massage parlor, in hotels in the city, in violation of his word.
In her report released Tuesday, Coroner Stéphanie Gamache said Lévesque’s death “probably could have been avoided” if the parolee had worn an ankle monitor.
She therefore recommended that these monitors become the standard for the release of anyone convicted of homicide related to domestic violence.
Correctional plan must be reviewed: coroner
The coroner’s report noted that police discovered Levesque was unaware of Gallese’s history of domestic violence. The report also suggests that wearing a monitor could also be a warning sign to the public about the seriousness of previous crimes.
Following Lévesque’s murder, the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) and the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) conducted a joint review of their practices and adopted a series of measures to ensure better follow-up of offenders.
CSC and PBC refused interview requests, but sent written statements. The parole board called Levesque’s death “senseless and” tragic. “
CSC states that the Joint Review Report also made several recommendations, “which CSC has carefully considered, analyzed and accepted as part of its commitment to do everything possible to prevent such a tragedy from happening again.” ”
He says offenders may be required to wear a monitoring device to ensure they are on their release conditions, although electronic monitoring “does not replace traditional methods of monitoring offenders in the community.”
Gamache praised the correctional services’ commitment, but said it was not enough.
In her report, she called the correctional response plan prepared for Gallese a “resounding failure”, given that Levesque’s death occurred less than a year after Gallese was granted day parole after serving 15 years.
“Did they really know what he was doing?” Did they understand his risk factors? We really have to make sure that we have the services offered that will ensure that violent behavior is abandoned, ”Gamache told Radio-Canada.
She said the two federal organizations must review the correctional plan for Gallese.
Gallese allowed to visit erotic massage parlors
Lévesque was found stabbed to death with at least 57 stab wounds in a hotel room on Chemin Saint-Louis on January 22, 2020.
At the time, Gallese had been on day parole since March 2019 for the murder of his former wife in 2004.
He had been allowed to meet women “only for the purpose of meeting [his] sexual needs, ”according to parole board documents. Gallese was living in a halfway house at the time of Lévesque’s death. He was to report all his interactions with women to his social worker, which Gamache said he did not do.
Gallese’s parole conditions allowed him to visit erotic massage parlors once a month, but Gamache’s report notes that according to police, he went there up to three times a week without the house workers. transition are aware.
In September 2019, the parole board banned her from attending institutions for sexual purposes.
According to the report, Gallese had become attached to Lévesque and devised a workaround to meet her secretly on several occasions at hotels in the Quebec City area, including the hotel where she was killed.
Once Gallese sensed Levesque was growing more distant, the report says he developed severe anxiety attacks, lost sleep, and was ultimately hospitalized for a few days. Medical records show Gallese did not speak to doctors about his obsession with Levesque at the time.
The medical team were also unaware of the seriousness of the man’s previous crime, which Gamache said could have affected the treatment he received. In her report, she said their lack of awareness “may be due to poor communication with those responsible for managing the man’s release”.
Gallese was required to adhere to a 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. curfew, unless he attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. He also had to contact his halfway house every three hours during the day.
According to the report, the murder took place between 7:22 p.m. and 8:43 p.m. Gallese contacted his halfway house on the night of the murder, claiming he was at an AA meeting.
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“The electronic bracelet with geolocation would have allowed us at least to identify the lies of the man and the subterfuge to act before it is too late”, supported Gamache in interview with Radio-Canada.
She refrained from recommending monitors for all released offenders, stressing during the interview that in the “context of homicides linked to domestic violence” there is a common thread where the aggressor wants to control another person.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Security Geneviève Guilbault told media on Tuesday that Quebec has been studying the use of electronic bracelets to track down violent ex-partners for nearly a year and that she believes that they might be useful.
« [Bracelets are] an important tool, among many tools that we must have to fight against violence against women… Women’s shelters, police forces, legal system, help for men too. Because the source of the problem is almost always the men. ”
Guilbault says the coroner’s report is being sent to Ottawa because Gallese has been released from a federal prison, but noted that she plans to review the recommendations and “take action” once the full report lands on. his office next week.