The former Quebec cardiologist who was found not criminally responsible for killing his children was granted conditional release.
A re-evaluation session was held today at Montreal’s Pinel Institute. The Mental Health Assessment Commission said Guy Turcotte has made enough progress to be released.
He will, however, continue to see a psychotherapist.
He was found not criminally responsible 18 months ago for killing his two children in 2009.
Turcotte must not have contact with his former wife, Isabelle Gaston, or her family.
Unless Turcotte fails to keep the peace and adhere to his conditions, his case will not be reviewed for another year.
Turcotte will need to have his new address approved by authorities.
Former wife said she expected a release
Gaston said she felt “powerless” when facing the justice system in this case.
Hospital refuses to treat father of dead Que. children
SAINT-JEROME, Que. — A Quebec cardiologist expected to be questioned in the death of his children in a possible custody dispute had to be transferred to a Montreal hospital for medical treatment because the hospital where he worked didn’t want him as a patient.
A mixture of revulsion, shock and sadness among doctors and nurses at Hotel-Dieu de Saint-Jerome resulted in the medical staff requesting that the cardiologist, Dr. Guy Turcotte, be transferred to Hopital Sacre-Coeur in Montreal.
Turcotte is still in intensive care and police haven’t questioned him yet.
The psychological shock within Hotel-Dieu has been made all the more worse by the fact that the woman with whom Turcotte was involved in a messy marital separation was herself a doctor at Hotel-Dieu. She works in the emergency room.
Police discovered the dead bodies of two children, Olivier Turcotte, 5, and his sister Anne-Sophie Turcotte, 3, in a house that the doctor had rented in a short-term lease.
The children’s mother, and Turcotte’s wife, whose name has not been released, is a native of the Quebec City area. She was skiing east of Quebec City on Saturday when police were alerted to potential trouble involving the cardiologist.
“What happened was that (Turcotte and his children) were supposed to meet up in Prevost on Saturday with a family member, and when they didn’t show up, the family asked police to visit the house,” said Piedmont Mayor Clement Cardin Monday. “Police rang the bell, but got no answer. They entered the house through a window and found what they saw.”
Sgt. Martine Isabelle of the Quebec provincial police said Monday that the force will not be commenting on the cause of death until they get the results of an autopsy to be conducted this week.
Natalie Nolin, a media-relations official at the Saint-Jerome hospital, said she didn’t want to go into the details about why Turcotte was transferred to Sacre-Coeur. “All I can say is that the medical team came to us with a decision on the weekend, and we supported them.”
Outside of the house in Piedmont, a Laurentian town 65 kilometres north of Montreal, where the dead children were found, two little teddy bears and a little fur toy penguin were standing like sentries at the front door.
One envelope in front of the three furry creatures bore the words: “A Anne-Sophie et Olivier.” One card in English, although weak on spelling and grammar, was no less poignant. It read: “In memory of two angles that no longer here.”