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.