GATINEAU, Que. – Suspended senator Patrick Brazeau has been released from custody on $5,000 bail a day after being charged in connection with what police describe as a violent domestic disturbance.
As a condition of his release, Brazeau will undergo treatment at a rehabilitation facility in the Quebec municipality of Saint-Andre-d’Argenteuil, which is located along the Ottawa River just south of the town of Lachute. He has three days to report to rehab.
Brazeau also faces a curfew and has to be home or at rehab centre between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Brazeau was arrested Thursday in Gatineau, Que., on charges of assault, uttering death threats, cocaine possession and breach of bail conditions.
He pleaded not guilty to all charges when he appeared in court shortly after being arrested but the prosecution opposed his release so he spent the night in jail.
Police say an incident took place early Thursday morning at a home in Gatineau that was described as an altercation between a man and a woman.
Police say the woman alleges she was assaulted and another man who was inside the house also says he was assaulted and threatened.
Brazeau was already due to appear in court Friday on charges of assault and sexual assault in relation to an incident from February, 2013.
Brazeau’s lawyer, Gerard Larocque, asked for — and was granted — a postponement of proceedings against Brazeau on the earlier charges.
That case now comes back to court Apr. 25 to set a date for trial.
Brazeau also faces charges of fraud and breach of trust in connection with his Senate expense claims.
Last year the Senate ordered Brazeau to pay back almost $50,000 over disputed expense claims. He refused, and the Senate garnisheed his salary until last November, when he was suspended without pay.