Singer Cornelio will spend at least the weekend in prison for failing to get justice, even if he swears his lawyers are to blame for his recent setbacks.
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“I never received the hearing date, nor did the lawyers give it to me,” Cornelio Munteanu said casually Friday in Montreal court.
Handcuffed and surrounded by a correctional services officer, the singer appeared hopeful that he would be released after being arrested on a warrant on Wednesday evening.
This is because the singer known for his time in star Academy He was accused in 2004 of drugging two people without their knowledge, in 2013 and 2016. He was supposed to return to court last week, but he never showed up. Since his lawyer did not hear from him, an arrest warrant was issued for him.
Sexual Assault Division investigators then took steps to trace the accused to Laval.
The court is overwhelmed
Normally, justice should have decided today whether Cornelio should remain detained or not. However, his lawyers did not come to court, and the judge assigned to this session was burdened with cases. In light of this situation, the judge suggested postponing the case until Monday.
“There’s no way I can be free in the meantime?” The singer then asked, sounding annoyed that he had to spend a few more days in jail.
The judge then sent the file to another room, hoping that the accused would be able to determine his fate, especially since the defense lawyer finally arrived at the scene.
However, even if this other judge had enough time to hear the case, it was his lawyer who asked to postpone everything until Tuesday in order to prepare.
“Until then, will I remain detained?” Cornelio said disappointedly.
The judge then explained to him that he could try to defend himself, but that it would risk him being detained for a long time until his trial.
Cornelio, clearly frustrated, finally agreed to the lawyer’s request.
“I think that’s the best thing you can do,” he said, shaking his head no.
He will then return to court next Tuesday to explain in more detail why he did not appear in court last week. An investigator is also expected to testify.
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