Quebec judge said it was obvious Lafleur knew he was lying during his testimony
Hockey legend Guy Lafleur has been found guilty of giving contradictory testimony and misleading a judge.
The former NHL star, who played much of his career with the Montreal Canadiens, was on trial this spring on a single charge of giving contradictory testimony during his son Mark’s bail hearing in 2007.
When handing down the verdict Friday morning at the Montreal courthouse, Quebec court judge Claude Parent said it was obvious Lafleur knew he was lying when he first testified at his son’s bail hearing.
Lafleur showed no reaction when Parent announced the verdict.
After his son was arrested in 2007 on assault charges, Lafleur agreed to supervise him as part of his bail conditions, which included a curfew.
When asked in court if Mark had ever failed to spend a night at home during the time he was under curfew, Lafleur said no.
But at his son’s review for the bail hearing, Lafleur told a judge that he drove Mark to a hotel to meet his 16-year old girlfriend, because he felt it was important for them to spend some intimate time together.
The former right-winger has insisted throughout his trial that he didn’t think he was doing anything wrong.
He launched a $3.5-million civil suit against Montreal police and Crown prosecutors over the warrant for his arrest.
Lafleur faces up to 14 years in prison