City of Beaconsfield

City of Beaconsfield

February 17, 2016 15:04 ET

2012 Assault on Director of Urban Planning: City Receives Compensation After Contractor is Convicted

BEACONSFIELD, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Feb. 17, 2016) - The Mayor of Beaconsfield, Georges Bourelle, is satisfied with the conviction handed down on February 3, 2016 against Gian Di Girolamo for attempting to influence public servants and a former Beaconsfield municipal councillor in order to gain a competitive advantage, and congratulated these public servants for their integrity and determination.

"This is definitely not the type of event that anyone wants to experience, but our staff have shown exemplary integrity and determination in enforcing the City's rules," explained Mayor Bourelle.

The Mayor was reacting to the decision recently delivered by the criminal court against contractor Johnny Di Girolamo of Constructions Renaissance. Di Girolamo was given an 18-month conditional prison sentence and will be subject to numerous peacekeeping conditions for harassing and trying to influence a municipal officer and an elected official. His partner, Robert Brunet, received a conditional stay of proceedings provided that he does not disturb the peace.

Two other individuals were accused in this affair but no charges were laid against them.

The incidents are related to the renovation of an old residential property in 2012. Before and during the work, the City rejected the modifications requested by the contractor because they did not comply with municipal rules and regulations. The Director of Urban Planning was assaulted with a baseball bat and threatened during this period. This harassment and attempt to exert influence ended when a police investigation was set up.

The City of Beaconsfield will also be reimbursed $55,000 for the costs it incurred in protecting its staff during these events.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Mayor
    514 428-4410