6:30 p.m., May 25)
Former real estate agent Chris Hoare guilty on all charges
By Fred Sherwin
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
the attack she has suffered from recurring headaches and
needs the assistance of a walker to get around.
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.
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.
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.
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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