Carl Girouard’s trial entered its home stretch on Wednesday with the start of the pleadings.

The defense is the first to present its case to the jury. Girouard’s lawyer is trying to convince that his client was in a state of delirium when he carried out a series of saber attacks in the streets of Old Quebec on Halloween 2020.

Me Pierre Gagnon went back to the report of Dr. Gilles Chamberland, one of the defense witnesses. The psychiatrist told jurors that on the night of the murders, the defendant suffered from schizophrenia and psychotic delirium.

Me Gagnon highlighted Dr. Chamberland’s professional career by listing the various training courses he has given over the years. He urged the jurors to consider that experience in their deliberations.

Girouard, 26, faces two counts of first degree murder and five counts of attempted murder. He admitted to the attacks, but maintains that he was not criminally responsible for his actions due to mental illness.

The Crown, meanwhile, pointed out that Girouard’s criminal actions were premeditated and that he knew right from wrong during attacks.

A psychiatrist called by the prosecution, Dr. Sylvain Faucher, told jurors that the defendant suffered from a personality disorder and was on a “narcissistic quest” to vent his resentment toward society.

In his pleadings, Me Gagnon tries to question Dr. Faucher’s analysis.


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