Man who harassed Concordia student receives two-year community sentence

“There needs to be a system where victims of crimes – especially victims of sexual violence – can report them and be treated with dignity,” Anastasia Boldireff said after Adamo Bono was convicted of criminally harassing her.

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A man who pleaded guilty this month to criminally stalking a Concordia University student received a sentence on Wednesday designed to allow him to seek treatment for his mental health issues.

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When Adamo Bono, 41, harassed Concordia PhD student Anastasia Boldireff in October 2019, he was still subject to terms that were part of a case in which he was found not criminally responsible for his actions. On October 1, 2016, he forced a woman into a wooded area and sexually assaulted her, after he approached her on a city bus while driving down Van Horne Avenue.

Less than a year after being found not criminally responsible, Bono approached Boldieff at Ste-Catherine and Guy streets and told him he liked his clothes and his smile. She ignored him and walked away, but he followed her and asked her out. When Boldieff dismissed Bono, he replied, “How can we turn that no into a yes?” She then told Bono that she was not interested in him.

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Less than two weeks later, Boldieff was in a cafe when she noticed Bono watching her from outside. He told her he wouldn’t let her go until she gave him her phone number and that he wouldn’t stop until she did.

Boldieff agreed to give Bono her number on the condition that he leave her alone, but he began texting her the same day.

When Bono pleaded guilty, his attorney Maya Amar and the Crown made a joint submission asking that he be allowed to serve his sentence in the community for two years. Amar pointed out that if Bono follows all his conditions, he will find himself without a criminal record and can therefore continue to reside in a resource center recommended by the Philippe-Pinel Institute which keeps him under surveillance while he is treated by a psychologist. . and a psychiatrist.

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On Wednesday, Quebec Court Judge Flavia Longo agreed with the joint recommendation. This came with a long list of conditions, including that Bono not be within 100 yards of Boldireff or any member of his family.

“I’m not satisfied, but I admit it’s reasonable,” Boldieff told the Montreal Gazette after the judge rendered her decision. “I hope he will respect his conditions. I hope he complies with all of the law. I personally hope that he will be completely rehabilitated in two years and that there will be no more victims.

“There are systemic barriers for victims of crime. There must be a system where victims of crimes – especially victims of sexual violence – can report them and be treated with dignity, respect and taken seriously.

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She described her experience with the justice system as “a nightmare”. At first, she says, the Montreal police didn’t take her complaint seriously, and now “I can’t even get an IVAC representative on the phone.” It was a reference to Compensation for Victims of Crime, the government body that decides whether a victim of a crime should be compensated.

Boldieff said she spoke about what she had been through so other victims could avoid similar experiences.

“I hope to bring awareness to those specific points and then move on,” she said.

Boldireff has been informed that a hearing will be held before the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal on how the Montreal police handled his complaint.

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