Flight of a judge: an ex-huissière pleads guilty

Vol d'un juge: une ex-huissière plaide coupable

Sabrina Desbiens, the ex-huissière-audiencière of the Palais de justice de Chicoutimi, pleaded guilty of stealing at least $ 130 to a judge of the Quebec superior Court, while the magistrate was on the bench to hear a record in a civil action. All this in a secure area.

The client Charles Cantin was present in front of the judge Jean Hudon to hear the plea of guilt of the former employee of the ministry of Justice, which has been suspended from the moment when she was faced with the situation. Submissions on sentencing will be held on march 4, 2019.

If Desbiens was taken to fly, it is only in November 2017, a judge of the superior Court of Québec and two of the assistants of the bureau had noted that it was missing the money in their wallet respective. A complaint was filed to police officers and special constables of the Palais de justice de Chicoutimi.

Subsequently, with the permission of the judge, a surveillance camera was installed on February 6, 2018 in his office. For a few months, nothing happened.

But the 30 April 2018, a judge from the outside is installed in the office of the magistrate where the camera had been installed.

Sabrina Desbiens had been designated to accompany the judge during the proceedings for a settlement in a civil case.

The huissière-audiencière was able to leave the hearing room. On four occasions, between 9: 54 and 11: 50 a.m., she went to the office of the judge to rummage in his wallet.

“The judge had arrived with $ 175 in his wallet, a $ 50 bill. When she went to the restaurant, she noticed that he only had 40 $. She slipped a word to the judge that accompanied it. As the latter was aware of the situation, he immediately notified the manager of the special constables “, has explained to Me Marianne Girard, the office of the Director of criminal and penal prosecutions (DPCP).

Vol d'un juge: une ex-huissière plaide coupable

Sabrina Desbiens


“They have been watching the video tapes and have noticed that the accused had visited four times in the office. The accused was encountered on the 1st of may by the head of the Palace of justice and has been suspended immediately, ” to pursue Me, Girard.

Subsequently, two special constables have arrested Sabrina Desbiens. They were advised of the situation. During the search, they found a sum of $ 1900 in cash in the affairs of the accused.

“She said it was for him to remove the money she had with difficulty earned for work in a hotel. But an audit showed that she had left the job in December 2016, well before his arrest on may 1, 2018 “, has returned to the representative of the Crown.

Me Girard said the judge Hudon that she could not accuse him for the amounts which would have been stolen before April 30, 2018, and that the charge was only about $ 130 were missing in the wallet of the judge.

His entry into the courtroom, the accused launched a comment to the journalist of the Daily newspaper. “Spot-to-mar… “, she mentioned before going to take place.

Charles Cantin has asked to see the performances on award on 4 march. He wants to analyze case law for similar cases.

“Before you plead guilty, I had to verify information on the legality of the installation of surveillance cameras. As it was legal, my client has decided to plead guilty. The evidence was important and it was difficult to think of a trial in front of a no-brainer. “

“We have deferred representations on sentence. It is a particular folder for a flight of $ 130 per person depending. I have to check the case law. I does absolutely nothing as sentence as possible, ” says Me Cantin.

This sentence could be an absolute discharge to a sentence of prison, passing by the detention in the company.