11 p.m., April 4)
realtor charged with attempted murder after allegedly
attacking his wife
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans realtor Chris Hoare is facing a charge
of attempted murder after alledgedly attacking his wife
with a baseball bat in the garage of their St. Lucia Place
home on Wednesday morning.
were called to the house where the couple lives with their
five children at 10 a.m. A neighbour who police are crediting
for saving the woman's life, first heard a female voice
yelling "help me, help me". When he ran out
to see what the commotion was about he saw the 44-year-old
Hoare standing over his wife who was bleeding profusely
from a wound on her head.
got out and I saw he was standing over his wife in the
driveway. Her head was split open, there was lots of blood,
said the neighbour who has asked not to be identified.
same neighbour told the Ottawa Citizen the victim
told him that her husband lured her to the garage where
he told her to close her eyes and that he had a surprise
for her. When she did as he asked, he started hitting
her in the head with a bat.
was arrested at the scene and was taken to the Ottawa
Police Service headquarters on Elgin Street. He made a
brief court appearnce Thursday afternoon where he was
ordered not to communicte with five people including his
wife and brother.
will make a video appearance on Friday when the Crown
will show cause in a bid to keep him detained. His defence
has the option of requesting bail, or simply take the
opportunity to gain access to the evidence and request
bail at a later date.
has been in the real estate business for more than 15
years. He first joined forces with his mother Anita Hoare
in 1997 under the Royal Lepage banner. Two years later
he became the youngest president of the Ottawa Real Estate
to his lawyer, Eric Granger, Hoare has never faced charges
before. He has an impeccable reputation as a successful
real estate agent and was considered by his friends and
neighbours to be a devoted family man, making the charge
he now faces all the more surprising.
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