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(Posted 11 p.m., April 4)
Orléans realtor charged with attempted murder after allegedly attacking his wife

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Prominent 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.

Police 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.

“I 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.

The 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.

Hoare 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.

He 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.

Hoare 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 Board.

According 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.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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