Longueuil The police were surprised to learn that the Crown refused to lay charges against the man they believe guilty of murdering Jenique Dalcourt and against which they had built a case for 13 months.
The boss of the police investigators recounted in La Presse that his troops had experienced it a “somewhat surprised” at the news Thursday.
“After a year of intense investigation, with a team of experienced investigators on file, which had accumulated considerable evidence, testimonies, we were at a stage where we had to drop the case, said Inspector Chef Jean-François Robert. We went all in. “The expertise abroad were even required.
Jean-François Robert added that he respects the decision of the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DCPP).
The latter announced Thursday that the file submitted by the Police Service of Greater Longueuil (SPAL) “does not contain the essential elements sufficient to bring such accusations” of murder. Crown “does not seek a conviction at all costs and must avoid lay charges if the evidence is insufficient”.
The body of Jenique Dalcourt, 23, was found dead in a park in Longueuil October 2014. She was returning home after a day’s work.
According to information leaked, the young woman was beaten to death and abandoned near a bike path in poor lighting. The crime shocked by its violence and randomness.
Since the beginning of the investigation, the evidence gathered by the SPAL point towards a single individual, confirmed Jean-François Robert yesterday. “All avenues have been analyzed lead us towards this individual, he has said. And it is against that person that the request for indictment was filed. ”
This person has moved since the facts, confirmed the policeman. But he would not say if she had left the province or the country.
Jean-François Robert also defended his troops face the revelations of La Presse for errors that would have marked the investigation since last fall: a poorly protected crime scene and an improvised double agent operation have hindered the investigation .
“The scene was not contaminated, the scene was not sloppy, assured Chief Inspector. Are we remake it differently? Possibly yes. In each investigation files we work, it improves. And it would be pretentious to say we will not change our ways. […] There is always room for improvement. ”
Yesterday, the bereaved family of Jenique Dalcourt remained silent.