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Two men from Ontario who were arrested as suspects in a home invasion in Côte-St-Luc, during which a woman in her 90s was tied up and left lying on the floor of her condo for hours, are scheduled to have bail hearings soon.
The suspects were arrested in Ontario on Oct. 28, less than a week after two masked men forced their way into the woman’s home at 5:30 a.m. The victim was tied up before the robbers searched her home for valuables. When the masked men departed, they left the victim lying on her floor. A relative who was checking up on the victim found her six hours later. The woman was taken to a hospital to be treated for injuries to her hands and forearms.
The two men who were arrested — James Adam Houle, 44, and Tholfikar Kadhum, 26 — are charged with breaking and entering, armed robbery, forcible confinement and conspiracy. Houle faces charges related to a firearm that was seized when the men were arrested and Kadhum is charged with being in possession of stolen property that same day.
According to Montreal police, the pair where arrested in the parking lot of a shopping centre in Orléans, a suburb of Ottawa. When the car they were in was searched, police found the firearm and several items that were stolen from the woman’s condo in Côte-St-Luc on Oct. 22.
Kadhum is scheduled to have a hearing at the Montreal courthouse on Wednesday, while Houle is scheduled to have his bail hearing Nov. 29.
Houle faces an uphill battle when he asks to be released next week. In 2020, he completed his fourth sentence served inside a federal penitentiary. The prison term began as a 31-month sentence for breaking into homes to steal valuables. The sentence was extended to 52 months after he broke into a home in Laval, on May 22, 2018, while he was out on a statutory release. He automatically qualified for the release after having reached the two-thirds mark of his sentence on Dec. 7, 2017.
“Your offences were committed for financial gain and to support your drug habit,” the Parole Board of Canada wrote in its summary of its decision to impose a series of conditions on Houle’s release in 2017. “File information indicates that you have a long history of substance abuse involving both alcohol and drugs.”
Seven conditions were imposed on the release, including a curfew and the requirement that Houle take part in a substance abuse program. A month after Houle was released, he began psychological counselling but only attended one session. He began working for a friend and told his parole officer he was working on a business plan. But on March 11, 2018, a warrant was issued for his arrest after police suspected he had committed a crime.
He spent more 71 days illegally at large and was arrested the day he broke into the Laval residence.
When he was questioned about what he did while on the lam, he told his parole officer he could no longer get a prescription for Suboxone, medication used to treat opioid addiction, and experienced withdrawal. He said he began using heroin and oxycontin when the medication ran out.
He appeared before the parole board again on Aug. 18, 2018, and his release was revoked.
Men charged with Côte-St-Luc home invasion scheduled to have bail hearings
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