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Judge: Lafleur aware his son violated conditions of bail

MONTREAL -- Hockey legend Guy Lafleur knew his son was
breaking conditions of his bail, a judge said Monday in denying a
request to let Mark Lafleur live with his father.

"While, according to the testimony of the accused and his
father before this court on Oct. 15, it seems that rather than
sleeping at his father's house, [his father] allowed him to spend
the weekends or nights in the company of his girlfriend, aged 16,
in two different hotels," Quebec Superior Court Justice Carol
Cohen said in denying the younger Lafleur's request for bail.

The former Montreal Canadiens star had testified before the
court that his son was abiding by a court-ordered curfew while
staying with his parents on weekends.

Lafleur has since admitted that he drove his son to hotels to
spend the night with his girlfriend.

Lafleur's 23-year-old son faces more than 20 criminal charges,
including sexually assaulting a minor, armed assault, uttering
threats, and forcible confinement between 2004 and 2007.

The younger Lafleur has been in custody since he being arrested
in September for violating conditions of his original bail.

Cohen noted that when Guy Lafleur was asked why he didn't tell
the court about the hotel stays, he said "nobody asked him."

But it is ultimately the younger Lafleur's responsibility, she said.

She denied the defense's request to release the younger Lafleur to
live with his father. He had been kicked out of the halfway house
where he was staying during the week.

"The accused's request for release so he can live with his
father -- and this is the only proposal he is putting forth -- cannot
be granted in light of the father's tolerance ... for the
non-respect of the halfway house's rules and for the accused's
silence in court on Sept. 19 regarding his trips to the motel,"
Cohen wrote.

Defense lawyer Jean-Pierre Rancourt said he is considering an
appeal because the trial isn't set to begin until May.

"It's too long for a person who is detained," he said.

Rancourt said Guy Lafleur was not being untruthful when he
testified.

"He was not trying to hide anything from the court and the
court took it that way," Rancourt said.

He said having a famous father means his case -- and the judge --
are under greater public scrutiny than usual.

"I think that it's normal in a case like this that the judges
are more careful," Rancourt said. "If it was not Guy Lafleur's
son, nobody would be here today."