Dollard-des-Ormeaux: Irving Fosu claims he was forced by friend to commit string of bank robberies

Emotional bail hearing for accused in bank robberies
Irving Fosu, 19, says he was pushed by drug-dealing friend
CBC News Posted: Nov 6, 2012 9:43 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 7, 2012 6:18 AM ET
Judge Jean-Pierre Boyer said he would not force Irving Fosu to identify his friend as a security precaution. (CBC) Facebook
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A Montreal judge must decide whether a young man will get bail, following a tearful and emotion-filled hearing Tuesday.

Irving Fosu from Dollard-des-Ormeaux, a town on Montreal’s West Island, has been charged in connection with a hostage taking in a string of bank robberies on Montreal’s West Island.

Fosu, 19, is accused of using an air-gun to demand money from banks in Roxboro, Pointe-Claire and Lachine.

According to authorities, the young man told them he was forced to commit the crimes by his drug-dealing friend, whom Fosu refused to identify.

In a dramatic courtroom scene, the teen and his father broke down before a judge.

Emmanuel Fosu, the young man’s father, turned to his son and asked him a question mid-trial.

“What’s wrong with you, who’s pushing you?” he asked, crying. “Somebody’s pushing my poor soon. I love you.”

Though Fosu refused to identify his friend, Judge Jean-Pierre Boyer said he would not force him to do so as a security precaution.

Fosu and his father will find out Wednesday morning whether the court will grant bail, and if so, on what conditions.

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