WATCH:Montreal man charged with inciting hatred of Jewish people switches lawyers, has case put off
The 55-year-old Rosemont-Petite Patrie man charged with inciting hatred toward Jewish people has had his court hearing postponed for two weeks.
Robert Gosselin appeared briefly in court this morning to announce he was changing lawyers.
His previous defence lawyer told CJAD 800 that the accused never contacted him and that he would be handing over the evidence to his successor in the next day.
Gosselin is charged with inciting hatred of Jewish people and making threats to cause the death or bodily harm of Jewish people as well as to "the family of Céline Dion."
Robert Gosselin charged with inciting hatred and making threats against Jewish people made a brief court appearance this morning - he announced he's switching lawyers. Case is put off for two weeks. Members of Montreal's Jewish community packed the courtroom. #CJAD800 pic.twitter.com/fRQ41T3LiU— Shuyee Lee (@sleeCJAD) November 6, 2018
Over a dozen members of Montreal's Jewish community packed the courtroom for the quick hearing.
Among them was Rabbi Reuben Poupko who said it was important to be present today and at every subsequent hearing.
"The severity of the crime is judged by its impact and the impact has been profound. And we just want to send a message that we hope that the prosecutor and the judge take this seriously," Poupko told CJAD 800.
Gosselin is still free on $500 bail.
Robert Gosselin charged with inciting hatred and making threats against Jewish people made a brief court appearance this morning. Over a dozen members of the Jewish community showed up for it. Rabbi Reuben Poupko says it's important for them to be there. #CJAD800 pic.twitter.com/4WYKx0tRbB— Shuyee Lee (@sleeCJAD) November 6, 2018