Montreal police denied acting negligently in the case of a mother killed by her ex-husband.
Maria Altagracia Dorval, 28, had repeatedly called police to express her fears that Edens Kenol wanted to kill her.
Her complaints, however, were allegedly dismissed and on October 17, 2010 Dorval was found stabbed to death in her home in Montreal North. Kenol has since been sentenced to life imprisonment for premeditated murder and will be eligible for parole in 2038.
Dorval's family is now suing the City of Montreal for $684,000.
Shortly before the tragedy, police assured her that an investigation was immanent, but the case turned into murder a week later.
"Even if the investigation had progressed on the evening of October 11, 2010, the arrest of Kenol probably would not have been possible in the short term given the total lack of information available to the police regarding his location," argued police lawyers in a document filed at the Montreal courthouse.
Even if he had been arrested, Kenol could have committed the crime while out on bail, added lawyers.
Five officers and two investigators have already been cited for negligence before a police ethics committee.
The hearings, which began in 2012, are expected to continue into the fall.