Ex-husband attacks ex-wife with hammer and x-acto knife

Ex-husband attacks ex-wife with hammer and x-acto knife

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Quebec City (Quebec) August 26, 2014 – Last weekend a man who already had a restraining order against him from his ex-wife entered her property and started arguing with her out in the backyard. The conflict eventually ended up by the ex-husband hitting his opponent with several blows to her head with his hammer. He also cut her several times with the x-acto knife. The woman managed to escape her aggressor and ran to a neighbour’s house where she found refuge and 911 was called. The woman suffered from cuts and severe head injuries but is out of danger and is being treated at the hospital.

The couple, who have not been living together for some time, were often fighting and the ex-husband, Philippe Bernard, 36 had already been accused of domestic violence in the past and had been restrained from seeing his ex-wife since last June. He had been accused of threatening to burn down the family house in Saint-Etienne de Lauzon where his ex still lives, and other infractions concerning violence towards an individual.

He was to appear in court on September 25 for those charges. M. Bernard had done some jail time back in 1998 for possession and production of illegal drugs and has a heavy judicial record with the police in Lévis.

The accused turned himself in for the attack on his former wife later on in the afternoon claiming he was going to kill himself and that he had deep psychological problems. Right now he faces charges of, attempted murder, trespassing, leaving the scene of a crime, and breaking and entering.

He will appear in court on September 3 for these accusations. His lawyer has asked for a psychological examination as to whether or not his client is fit to face trial on that date.

Life in Québec staff writer

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