May 23, 2013 - FAMILY OF EDMONTON BOY KILLED IN RESTAURANT PATIO PACK COURTROOM [Geo Mounsef]

The family of a two-year-old boy killed when an alleged drunk driver drove into him on a restaurant patio and dozens of supporters spent most of Thursday at court.

There was a morning rally outside the downtown Law Courts Building with many people waving placards calling for Justice for Geo and about 50 people crammed into a standing room-only courtroom in the afternoon to watch the bail hearing for the accused, Richard Suter, 62.

The lengthy hearing, which was heard under a court-ordered publication ban, ended at 5:17 p.m. with the judge saying she would give her decision Friday at 3 p.m.

Security was tight inside the Provincial Court courtroom with half a dozen sheriffs standing between the judge and lawyers and the public gallery. Suter appeared on CCTV from the Edmonton Remand Centre in orange coveralls.

One man, provincial Liberal candidate Mike Butler, stood and made an obscenity-laced outburst in which he called Suter a “murderer” and said the proceedings were “ridiculous” before being escorted out of the courtroom.

“This is not democracy and this is not justice,” he said.

The victim’s parents, Sage Morin and George Mounsef, watched the bail hearing from the front row and took turns comforting each other as they reacted emotionally to what was being said by defence lawyer Dino Bottos.

Morin carried a white-framed picture of her son throughout the hearing and thanked the supporters for coming.

The grief-stricken mother started a post called Justice for Geo on her Facebook page after the deadly collision and used the page to organize the rally. Hundreds of people have put their own posts on the page, offering condolences to the family and sending words of support.

Suter is charged with impaired driving causing death, two counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm and refusing to provide a breath sample.

Police have said they believe Suter had been having an argument with his spouse when he got into a blue Acura SUV parked in front of the patio at Ric’s Grill at 23 Avenue and Rabbit Hill Road just before 8 p.m.

But, instead of putting the SUV into reverse, he put it in drive, climbing over the curb, driving through the railing and pinning the toddler against the wall, said police.

The boy was rushed to hospital where he died later from his injuries. Other family members were hurt as well.

Police said Mounsef suffered back and rib injuries, Morin had glass embedded in her leg and bruises and their one-year-old son had minor scratches.

Source: The Edmonton Sun


 

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