Attempted murder: a businessman filmed with one of the accused

At least one of the two men accused of having tried to kill a lawyer in Montérégie in 2020 would have been seen on several occasions in the company of the one who would have offered them this sordid contract.

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“We see Mr. Malo and Mr. Ndiaye talking to each other very closely. We remember that it was at the start of the pandemic, ”described Thursday in court Nathalie Paulin, investigator at the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), while viewing video extracts, during the trial of Cheikh Ahmed Tidiane Ndiaye, 42, and by Daouda Dieng, 36 years old.

They are, among other things, accused of attempted murder and intimidation of lawyer Nicholas Daudelin, on March 26, 2020, in Mont-Saint-Hilaire. They reportedly showed up at the 32-year-old’s home and then one of them fired through his front door, hitting him in the leg.

In the days preceding and following this attack, Ndiaye, who was identified by the spinning team, would have made several trips to the office of the real estate developer Jean-François Malo, rue Saint-Louis, in Joliette, in Lanaudière.

According to the prosecution’s theory, it was Malo, also accused in this case, who ordered the attack.

At the time, he was in the middle of a multimillion-dollar civil dispute with the Mouvement Desjardins, which Me Daudelin represented.

Hidden camera

A camera installed by the authorities in front of the building where the businessman works, as part of another investigation which implicated him, would also have captured his interactions with Ndiaye, between March 13 and April 28. 2020.

Visits would even have occurred the day before and the day of the crime. On some excerpts, Ndiaye would hold a briefcase in his hand.

Other individuals were seen there, but they were not identified by the SQ. One of them, however, could be Dieng, based on the physical descriptions investigators have given of him.

On the balcony

On April 24, we see Ndiaye and Malo talking for a few minutes on the balcony, close to each other. Ndiaye seems to show him something on his cell phone for nearly two minutes.

Investigator Paulin said her team was able to confirm that the tall, hairless man was indeed Ndiaye.

“Mr Malo, I can describe him to you, because he always puts his pants back on,” she continued, noting that the man wearing sunglasses is often dressed in a polo shirt.

Jean-François Malo will face a separate trial at a later date.

The trial before Judge Stéphane Godri will resume Monday at the Longueuil courthouse.

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