|Bianca Rojas-Latraverse, 20, is one of three people charged with theft, conspiracy, forced entry and confinement in the Dec. 21 attack on her ex-boyfriend poker champ Jonathan Duhamel. (FACEBOOK/HO)
LONGUEUIL, Que. - The testimony of two people accused of beating and robbing poker champ Jonathan Duhamel raised a few eyebrows during their bail hearing.
A judge was left scratching his head following statements by John-Stephen Clark-Lemay and Bianca Rojas-Latraverse, who is the poker pro's ex-girlfriend.
They're two of three people charged with theft, conspiracy, forced entry and confinement in the Dec. 21 attack that sent Duhamel, 24, to hospital.
He was tied up and threatened, but not seriously injured. A Rolex watch, a diamond studded World Series of Poker bracelet and $160,000 in cash were stolen.
Duhamel, 24, earned $8.9 million US after winning the coveted World Series of Poker championship in 2010.
Rojas-Latraverse, 20, told the court she lived with Duhamel from March to August of last year.
She raised eyebrows when Judge Pierre Belisle asked about her career aspirations. Drawing chuckles from the public gallery, she said she wants to pursue a career in law.
Rojas-Latraverse also said she currently works as a poker player "at the casino or at the (native) reserve."
"I play to pay for my things," she said. "I was earning enough to live."
When pressed by the judge, Rojas-Latraverse admitted she has spent the winter skiing and "hanging around."
Co-defendant Clark-Lemay had equally-colourful testimony at the bail hearing.
The 22-year-old told the judge he "likes women and alcohol" and drinks nearly every day. He added his drinking problem is offset by the fact that he regularly trains at the gym.
Clark-Lemay added he'll continue writing an 8,000-page novel if he's let out of jail, a statement that the judge said was "incredible."
At one point the young man's lawyer got up and approached the witness stand to suggest that Clark-Lemay cut short his testimony.
Also charged in the heist is Anthony Bourque, 20.
The Crown opposed bail for all three defendants.
A fourth man, 26-year-old Andre Robert Perron, has been released on $1,500 bail and under strict conditions. He was allegedly caught in Montreal wearing Duhamel's stolen Rolex.