A former Deloitte tax expert is accused of extreme harassment of a superior he allegedly fell in love with, to the point that the company even had to hire security guards to protect it.
“It hasn’t stopped for 15 months. A formal notice was sent to him, but he continued. The victim was so scared that she had to sleep with her friends on several occasions. She feared for her safety to the point that officers were hired to guard her home, “said Ms.And Patrick Lafrenière at the opening of the trial of Philippe Dubé, Tuesday, at the Montreal court.
The 30-year-old allegedly committed his crimes from the summer of 2020, a few months after he was hired by the firm Deloitte as a corporate tax analyst.
He was then placed on a team specializing in this field, but would soon fall in love with a superior.
“You turn me upside down and I can’t control myself in your presence,” the accused would say to the woman after days spent contemplating her in the office.
Uneasy, she would have forced herself to remain professional, while explaining to him that their relationship was just a business one.
Tracked down at the supermarket
However, this would not have gone well for the defendant, who would have even followed her superior as she went shopping.
“I had gone on errands and when I got in line, not even ten seconds later, he came up behind me, he testified on Tuesday. I thought it was a strange coincidence, he didn’t know where I lived, I never told him where I was going or what time. “
However, the one whose identity is protected by a court order claims to have found that this may not have been accidental. During an argument, she said she learned that Dubé had taken it into her head that she had been the one to date him.
During this meeting he allegedly accused her of “playing with her feelings, her head and her heart”.
Flooded with messages
Dubé would finally lose his job. But that wouldn’t stop him from harassing the woman by flooding her with emails, messages, photos and even videos.
He would ignore all those messages for a year, but that wouldn’t stop Dubé. Worse still, she would begin to believe she was hired specifically to seduce him, according to the evidence the Crown intends to present.
“He believed there was a conspiracy by Deloitte against him,” said Ms.And Lafrenière to the jury, adding that the defendant had even managed to communicate with the victim’s mother, despite having nothing to do with the whole affair.
Exasperated, the victim finally responded to Dubé’s messages to beg him to stop, but Dubé didn’t seem to want to accept.
“It’s for life,” he told her.
The trial, presided over by Judge Myriam Lachance, is scheduled for about a month.