The Chicoutimien Luc Hamel is formally charged with the first degree murder (premeditated) Sandra Fortin, a woman of 52 years old Jonquière. The individual is also accused of kidnapping his victim and former attendance.
The charges fell Monday afternoon at the Chicoutimi courthouse before Judge John Paul Aubin, the Court of Quebec. Jean-Sébastien Lebel, Crown, could recover some of the evidence obtained in the file.
“The investigation is still ongoing and I can not comment at this time,” said Mr. Lebel.
Mr. Pierre Gagnon, the attorney defense, met with his client for several minutes in the morning and asked to postpone the case to March 30 for the form.
During his appearance, Hamel has remained only a few minutes in the box of the accused. He remained impassive, but seemed still aware of what was happening.
The 57 year old man is accused of having terminated the days of old attendance, Sandra Fortin, an employee of the National Union of aluminum employees Arvida (SNEAA).
According to information circulating since the arrest Friday Hamel would have gone to the home of Ms. Fortin, on the street of La Prairie in Jonquière during the evening of Wednesday, March 16. There, he would have murdered using a knife.
After committing his act, he carried the body of the 52 year old woman in the trunk of his car and headed to his residence in the Rimbaud Street in Chicoutimi.
Thursday night, almost 24 hours after the tragedy, the daughter of Ms. Fortin, worried not hear from her for several hours, contacted the police of Public Security of Saguenay (SPS) to report him missing.
Sewing up, getting important information, the officers could end up on the street Rimbaud. They questioned the occupant, Luc Hamel, and they asked the help of investigators. They searched the premises. This is opening the trunk of the car they found the lifeless body of Ms. Fortin.
Luc Hamel, without criminal record, was out of work for some time.
Having passed his EI benefits, he was about to make his request to receive last-resort assistance or welfare, did we have learned.
Professor Tai-chi, Hamel spent the weekend in the provincial prison of Roberval. It happened Monday morning in the patrol wagon with a few other inmates.
After his very brief appearance, the individual returned to the detention center of Roberval awaiting the next procedures. The file may be time for the parties involved.
If he is found guilty or pleads guilty to a charge of murder in the first degree, Hamel will be sentenced to prison without possibility of parole for 25 years.
“My client seems very lucid”
The criminal lawyer Pierre Gagnon expects to have all the evidence gathered against Luc Hamel before deciding on future procedures. Even if things are not very easy, he believes his client understands what is happening.
“Under the circumstances, it is never easy to end up in this situation. Still, my client seems very lucid, “said Ms. Gagnon.
It can not move forward on the course of events that occurred on the evening of Wednesday, March 16 at the home of the victim on the street of La Prairie in Jonquière.
“I do not have many details to provide at this time. It was in the courtroom as the prosecutor (Mr. Jean-Sébastien Lebel) handed me a part of the disclosure of evidence because the investigation must continue. Technical expertise must also complete in the coming days. It really is fragmentary. So I can tell you what really happened, “added Mr. Gagnon, who is not expected that new charges be filed against his client.
Mr. Gagnon therefore expects to receive the balance of the evidence at the next appearance on March 30.
This information may allow the defense to take a position for the next steps.
“It will be possible to determine whether a survey for release will be requested in the coming weeks and what will be the potential of defense policy,” he said.
As for official procedures (in addition to those of 30 March), they will normally take place before a judge of the Superior Court of Quebec.
Premeditated and depressive
In the coming months, the debate could be around the notion of premeditated murder and the fact that the accused could suffer from depression, a finding which could not be confirmed.
The charge of murder in the first degree must mean that there was premeditation of the act. According to information received, it is not enough that a person makes to the victim’s home to talk about premeditation.
It takes a little planning, it is explained in the judiciary.
By cons, if it is shown that the accused kidnapped the victim and that the latter was murdered concomitantly (at about the same time), it automatically leads to a charge of murder in the first degree.
As for the fact that Hamel was suffering from depression, it does not mean that it could use Article 16 of the Canadian Criminal Code and invoke mental disorders, as in the first verdict in the trial of Guy Turcotte. Expertise in this sense should be conducted to truly prove that the accused was suffering from a particular problem at the time of the crime.