MONTREAL — An American family has filed a $3.9-million lawsuit against the Marriott hotel chain after a father and his toddler drowned at one of the company’s Montreal properties nearly three years ago.
William Tchouamou Ganjui and his two-year-old son Menelik fell into the deep end of the pool at the Residence Inn by Marriott in downtown Montreal in April 2016.
According to the family’s Superior Court filing made public Tuesday, Ganjui was pronounced dead the day he fell into the pool while the toddler died a few days later.
The lawsuit alleges the hotel is responsible for the deaths because its pool area was unsafe, improperly supervised and lacked video surveillance or an emergency alarm.
Ganjui’s widow, Chimene Mbague Nandjou, is seeking $3.9 million on behalf of the estates of the two victims, herself and her two surviving daughters.
A lawyer for the family said today the lawsuit had not yet been served.
Marriott International did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Canadian Press
The man convicted in the death of a woman whose dismembered remains were found behind a Toronto butcher shop in 2016 has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 22 years.
Ian Ohab was found guilty of second-degree murder and indignity to a dead body in the death of Melissa Cooper in January.
Cooper, 30, went missing in April of 2016. Her torso was discovered inside a garbage bag dumped behind a butcher shop near Broadview Avenue and Gerrard Street. Her arms were later found at a recycling plant in the city’s north end.
Prosecutors argued Ohab lured Cooper to his home, killed and dismembered her. He disposed of her body parts in an effort to cover up the act.
A judge handed Ohab a life sentence on Wednesday. He was given 22 years for second-degree murder and a five-year concurrent sentence for dismembering her body.
The Crown had asked for no chance of parole for 25 years.
Surveillance video provided as evidence in court showed the pair in the elevator at Ohab’s apartment building. Lawyers argued Cooper had visited a friend there and was likely trying to score drugs in the building when she came across Ohab in the elevator.
Court heart Cooper’s phone was deactivated shortly after. She was never heard from again.
A few days after the murder, building surveillance video captured Ohab entering the lobby with a gym bag and later with a cart. Ohab admitted to the court that the footage showed him on his way to dispose of her torso.
The defence maintained that there was no evidence Ohab killed Cooper.
Ohab claimed Cooper came to his place on her own accord to borrow a crack pipe and overdosed in his apartment. He told the court he injected heroin, passed out and later woke up to find Cooper lying dead on his living room floor. While under the influence of drugs, Ohab decided to dispose of her body.
Ohab told the judge that he did not want to call for help because a few months earlier, his then-girlfriend overdose and died in the same apartment, and neighbours spread rumours that he was responsible.
Members of Cooper’s family were in the Toronto courtroom on Wednesday when the sentence was handed down.
As Ohab was led away, the victim’s uncle, Chris Cooper, shouted, “Every dog has its day, and yours is going to come.”
With files from The Canadian Press and CTV News Toronto’s Austin Delaney
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