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The artist, who killed his wife has Alzheimer’s has not acted out of compassion, but rather to relieve his own suffering to see the one he loved waste away, writes a psychiatrist called by the Crown.
“There’s a difference between compassion that can push an individual to shorten the suffering of another person and that […] “deal with yourself” that could cause us to shorten the life of another person “, explains Dr. Gilles Chamberland, in his report presented Monday at the trial of Michel Cadotte, at Montreal.
For this expert psychiatrist of the Crown, the accused, 57-year-old was not depressed when he has choked his wife Jocelyne Lizotte in February 2017, a year after she did refuse medical help to die.
And if there were symptoms of depression, it is, according to him, because Cadotte was drinking too much alcohol.
“We agree with Mr. when he says on two occasions that if he had not taken alcohol during the previous weekend, this probably would not have happened,” noted the psychiatrist.
Gilles Chamberland, A Psychiatrist
Gilles Chamberland contested the theory of the defence that Cadotte had suffered major depression at some time in 2017, which has impaired his judgment, after years of sacrifices to take care of his wife.
During his testimony, he explained that having “skipped its check mark” on the fateful day, in order to put an end to the suffering of his wife.
However, the doctor has called into question the suffering of Ms. Lizotte since the care were better than in other health institutions, where she had stayed. It is also doubt that she has wished to die, contrary to what was said several witnesses at the trial.
“It appears to us that Madame was potentially less suffering and possibly less conscious that she had not been able to be at other times during the past few years “, one can read in the report.
His testimony continues on Wednesday.