Ducarme Joseph pleads guilty to violating bail

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Owner of Montreal store pleads guilty to violating bail

Ducarme Joseph, 41, is shown in this undated file photo. He is listed in business directory records as the owner of the Flawnego clothing boutique in Old Montreal.
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Ducarme Joseph appears in court via video link, Saturday, March 20, 2010.
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Updated: Mon Mar. 22 2010 7:35:10 PM

The Canadian Press

MONTREAL — The owner of a high-end fashion boutique where a shooting rampage left two dead last week is pleading guilty of breaching bail conditions.

Ducarme Joseph entered the plea in a Montreal courtroom this afternoon.

The 41-year-old was arrested the day after the shocking events, which police have described as a professional hit that may have been linked to a Mafia turf war.

Masked gunmen burst into his Old Montreal store, opening fire as he escaped out the back.

Joseph was charged the next day with breaking conditions from a previous assault charge, and was also charged with being in possession of a prohibited item.

The Crown is opposing Joseph’s release and wants to seize his $50,000 bail deposit.

Crown prosecutor Anne-Marie Otis says Joseph should stay behind bars until his trial on an assault charge later this year.

Joseph was arrested Friday with two other men he was not supposed to associate with under his bail conditions.

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