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(Posted 6:30 p.m., May 25)
Former real estate agent Chris Hoare guilty on all charges

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Former Orléans real estate agent Christopher Hoare has been found guilty of trying to kill his wife with a baseball bat in the garage of their Chapel Hill home last April.

In his ruling brought down this afternoon, Ontario Justice Robert Wadden found Hoare guilty of attempted murder, aggravated assault with a weapon and choking. The former realtor had already pled guilty to the lessor charge of assault with a weapon.

In explaining his ruling, Justice Wadden said that he did not feel Hoare was a credible witness and that he, in all probability, lied about the attack during his testimony.

According to Hoare's version of the event, he was only trying to knock his wife out when he hit her multiple times in the head with their son's aluminum baseball bat. And when his attempt failed he tried to muffle her screams with a rag so that she wouldn't attract any attention. Utimately, he let her up off the garage floor so she could go outside.

In rendering his decision, Justice Wadden didn't buy any of it. He sided with the prosecution, who argued Hoare lured his wife into the garage with the promise of a surprise; got her to close her eyes while holding a tray, and then hit her two or three times in the head with the bat, forcing her to drop to her knees.

Then, eeing that she was still conscious, he climbed on top of her and tried to suffocate her with the rag. It was only through her determination to live that the mother of five garthered enough strength to wriggle out from under her husband and escape out the garage door to safety.

Since the attack she has suffered from recurring headaches and needs the assistance of a walker to get around.

The attack was the culmination of a six year period during which Hoare not only avoided paying taxes, but avoided dealing with the Canada Revenue Agency altogether.

When the CRA finally caught up with him in November 2013, he owed more than $200,000 in back taxes, penalties and interest, forcing them to take the extraordinary step of garnishing 100 per cent of his income. News which he kept from his wife for fear she might leave him if she found out.

On the day he attacked her, she had planned to go shopping. Unbeknownst to her, their credit cards were maxed out and they only had $200 in their savings account.

The attempted murder conviction carries a mandatory sentence of three to five year, while the maximum sentence for aggravated assault with a weapon is up to 14 years. He has already spent 14 months in jail. The date for sentencing will be set in June.

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