Cornwall murder plan stopped with arrests of eight people

(Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL – Eight people have been arrested by Cornwall police – all but one of them accused of planning to murder a man in Cornwall.

The charges were laid Monday (Jan. 7) with the arrests.

Police say the victim at a Guy Street home was held against his will, bound with duct tape and beaten with a “variety of weapons.”

Officers were able to intervene and the victim was taken to hospital. He’s expected to recover.

Seven people are facing charges including conspiracy to commit murder, aggravated assault, forcible confinement and assault with a weapon.

They are:

  • Jordan Thompson, 24, Akwesasne
  • Kaitlyn Gougoula, 19, Cornwall
  • Bobbie Sylvester, 37, Embrun
  • Ryan Royer, 25, Cornwall
  • Toshina Hill, 30, Cornwall
  • Daniel Roach, 39, Cornwall
  • Jessica Lemieux, 29, Cornwall

An eighth person – Michael Pare, 49, of Cornwall – is facing charges of aggravated assault, forcible confinement, assault with a weapon and two counts of breach of probation.

Police have not explained the motive but say it’s an “isolated incident” and the public is not in danger.

It appears the case is drug-related because one of the accused is also facing two drug possession charges. Another (Bobbie Sylvester) was wanted on multiple drug-related warrants, police said. Five of the accused face multiple counts for breach of court orders.

All eight were held for bail hearings.