Suspected knife attack victims say Montreal police failed to protect them – Montreal
Three alleged victims of a knife attack in Montreal denounce justice.
They believe this failed to protect them from the incident in which a man faces a long list of charges, including attempted murder.
Her week-long hospital stay is over, but Courtney Mattix, 39, still has a long way to go to recover.
“I still experience a lot of nightmares and trauma,” she said.
Mattix still has difficulty walking and has shown Global News graphic photos of an injury she says she suffered in a knife attack on September 12.
Two other people were also injured in the incident, including Mattix’s boyfriend, Mario Chery.
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“I was stabbed in the back, right next to my spinal cord,” said the third person who cannot be identified due to a publication ban on the victim’s name.
“I have a scar on my face that’s going to be there for life,” Chery said.
They say they are all traumatized and have harsh words for the police.
“They didn’t do their job,” Chery said.
Mattix says that after breaking up with his ex-partner Mack Borden, the 53-year-old became violent.
At the end of August, Borden was charged with assault and destruction of property, and the court ordered him not to be within 200 yards of Mattix. She says, however, that he received the keys to the apartment they shared and that he attacked her on September 11.
Mattix left the apartment and said the police told him they would keep an eye on the Côte-des-Neiges building.
She wanted to go home and collect some of her belongings on September 12 and says she consulted the police.
“They said, ‘Well, we don’t think he’s here, you can go get stuff.’ By the time we arrived he was there. He was in the house, ”she said.
Chery and two others had come with Mattix to offer their support. They say Borden went wild with a kitchen knife.
“It hit me in the leg and stomach,” Mattix said.
“I was spilling blood on myself,” said Chery, who showed Global News injuries to her face and back.
“All I could see was his arm, up and down, up and down,” Chery said as she watched the alleged assailant stand over Mattix.
He says he managed to muster the strength to push Borden down.
“I just thought he was going to kill her,” he said. “None of this would have happened if the police had sat there, provided an undercover cop to watch the house.”
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Police arrived shortly after and arrested the alleged assailant.
Mattix told Global News she had not been able to reach investigators since being released from the hospital.
“I can’t rely on the court system for anything because they can’t even return a phone call,” she said.
Montreal police declined to comment on the case as it is in court.
Borden’s lawyer, Safaa Essakhri, only told Global News that her client is presumed innocent and that she is in talks with prosecutors.
He faces a long list of charges, including attempted murder and assault with a weapon causing bodily harm.
The alleged victims say they wait for psychological help from a local CLSC while they deal with the traumatic event. They cannot afford private counseling and hope they won’t have to wait too long.
Borden appeared in court on October 8 to set a date for a bail hearing.
Quebec recently set up a hotline offering free legal advice to victims of domestic or sexual violence. The number is 1-833-REBATIR. Victims of domestic violence can SOS Violence Conjugale at 1-800-363-9010 24/7.
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