Man charged with first-degree murder in Aylmer death

Alain Gascon, 49, has been formally charged with first-degree murder after a brief court appearance Tuesday afternoon.

He stood at the edge of the prisoner's box with his hands handcuffed and folded across the bar in front of him, surveying the courtroom. He looked visibly upset and wore a red Reebok t-shirt, sweatpants, socks and flip flops. Gascon is short and stout and has a moustache and short, black hair.

He's officially charged with murdering Angela Distasio, 42, who was found badly injured in an Aylmer apartment Sunday night and was later pronounced dead in hospital.

Gascon was arrested late Sunday night and held for questioning by Gatineau Police until his appearance. He will remain in custody until his next appearance May 1.

Crown lawyer Sylvain Petitclair said police are still investigating and they're currently working at two addresses, compiling information to be entered at a possible bail hearing down the road.

He confirmed the pair had been married several years and had five children together. Petitclair says the pair had recently split and were living separately.

Gascon's lawyer Marino Mendo said he spoke with his client for about 30 minutes and said Gascon was very upset, very confused and was crying.

The judge ordered Gascon not to communicate with several people, including his five children who will serve as witnesses in the Crown's case. Mendo said he wants to act as a liaison between Gascon and his children so he can have clothing and medication brought to him while he awaits a bail hearing.

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