Man accused of attempted murder in BC arrested in France

BC fugitive arrest in France

A Quebec man who fled to France two years ago after being charged in Victoria with two counts of attempted murder is back behind bars.

Sebastien Normandin, 49, appeared in Victoria provincial court Monday after being arrested in France and extradited to Canada.

Normandin, who was wanted by Interpol, had been detained in France since September 2018. Last week, Victoria police officers flew to Paris to arrest him. They returned to Victoria on Friday.

Normandin was initially arrested on Dec. 27, 2016, after police were called to Gillespie Place in the Rockland neighbourhood of Victoria, where it’s alleged he used his vehicle to ram the parked car of his former girlfriend and her boyfriend.

Normandin faces a raft of charges, including dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, criminal harassment and assault of his ex-girlfriend.

On Monday, Crown prosecutor Jess Patterson asked the judge to renew Normandin’s no-contact order with his two alleged victims. Normandin, who is six-foot, five-inches tall with short grey hair and glasses, was wearing red sweatpants and a red sweatshirt. He is to appear in court again on Nov. 18.

After his initial arrest in December 2016, Normandin remained in custody until May 30, 2017. A provincial court judge agreed to release him on $5,000 bail with the condition that he fly to Montreal to live there. He was not required to surrender his passport.

A Montreal psychologist treating Normandin as part of his bail conditions was the first to notice something was amiss. In mid-October 2017, the psychologist notified the Saanich bail supervisor that Normandin had missed an appointment. The bail supervisor contacted Montreal police, who checked their logbook and found he had not signed in since Oct. 15.

Police obtained a still photograph of Normandin going through customs at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Oct. 21, 2017, as he boarded a flight to England. He went to France the day he arrived in England.

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