When an Italian mafia hitman shot dead the Falduto brothers in June 2016, Guy Dion was chopping wood with his chainsaw to cover up the gunfire on his property. He believed, however, that his friend “Brad Pitt” simply wanted to “try out” guns hidden in his garage.
“She is not [voulais] not that they try weapons in my garage, I was a little angry, ”he told the jury.
This is the version that Guy Dion presented for his defense Monday at the Gouin Judicial Services Center. After three months of proof from the Crown, the 50-year-old finally had his chance to give his side of the story. Guy Dion and his wife Marie-Josée Viau are accused of having plotted and participated in the murders of the brothers Vincenzo and Giuseppe Falduto, on June 30, 2016.
According to the Crown’s thesis, a mafia hired killer accompanied by a certain “Brad Pitt” murdered the Falduto brothers in the defendants’ garage, in favor of the mafia Salvatore Scoppa. During the murder, Guy Dion allegedly made noise to cover up the detonations. The couple then allegedly helped their accomplices clean up any traces of the crime by burning the bodies.
The Crown’s evidence is based primarily on the testimony of the hitman, who became an undercover police officer, and on audio recordings of the Dion-Viau couple captured a few years later. On an excerpt, we hear Marie-Josée Viau tell that the couple had put on loud music during the crime. “We had screeched the sound in the background,” she had boasted.
Now, if he made a noise at that time, it was for a very reason, according to his account. Indeed, Guy Dion had found himself hiding several bags of firearms in his garage for his friend “Brad Pitt”, his ex-brother-in-law who worked for Salvatore Scoppa. Brad Pitt was paying him $ 1,000 a month to hide these guns to be sold. In addition, Guy Dion has already been paid $ 300 by Brad Pitt to keep watch on behalf of Salvatore Scoppa.
But to sell guns, you have to try them out, Brad Pitt told him. “We agreed on a procedure so that when he came to try the weapons at home, I made noise with my chainsaw and I looked around, if neighbors were to pass”, testified Guy Dion , who presented himself as a “heavy equipment operator”.
Thus, three times in the spring of 2016, Brad Pitt came to Guy Dion to “try” firearms. According to the procedure, he first communicated with Guy Dion by a secure PGP device. On one occasion, Brad Pitt even came with the hitman and the Falduto brothers. When the men tested the weapons, Guy Dion put down his earmuffs and cut wood with his chainsaw.
“They asked me if there were other places to shoot. I proposed in the neighbor’s field, 700 meters from my house. I continued to make noise with my chainsaw to camouflage the noise a bit, but I heard the resonation with the shells, ”he said.
On the fateful day, when Brad Pitt wrote to Guy Dion: “Are you there, we are going to go”, the accused left to cut wood “as usual”. He put some music in the garage first, as he always does. Suddenly he heard gunshots coming from his garage, as he was chopping his wood. Guy Dion was “surprised” at the source of the shots.
“There was never any question of them shooting in my garage. If they wanted to try the weapons, let them go their own way. I have propane in my garage. I stopped my chainshaw, removed my shells and headed for the garage to warn them not to shoot in my garage, ”he told the jury.
His testimony continues on Tuesday. He is questioned by his lawyer Me Nellie Benoît.