Immacula Eugène, looking distraught and clutching a tissue, tearfully answered, "Yes" when Judge Ellen Paré asked if she understood and agreed to respect a raft of bail conditions.
Eugène was released on a $15,000 cash deposit, plus over a dozen bail conditions, such as living with her sister, checking in with police once a week, and most importantly, not being able to work in a healthcare institution or other place where she may be in contact with seniors or other people in a vulnerable state.
Crown prosecutor Suzanne Hébert said she agreed to Eugène's release because of the strict bail conditions they agreed upon.
Eugène admitted to abusing five seniors at the Saint-Lambert-sur-le-Golf CHSLD nursing home, the crimes dating back to July 2013. She administered medication to two of them when she didn't have the authority and she assaulted four others: hitting one in the head with a pillow, spitting in the face of another, and grabbing the arms of others. All the residents were in their 80s.
Eugène returns to Longueuil court in mid-July for pre-sentencing arguments. The maximum sentence for these types of crimes is a two year prison term. Eugène had been detained since she was arrested two and a half months ago.
Her co-accused in the case, also out on bail, is back in court next month on lesser charges.