Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Language Spat Spells Delay in Case of Man Charged in Quebec Election Shooting

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Language Spat Spells Delay in Case of Man Charged in Quebec Election Shooting

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Quebec election shooting: case delayed


MONTREAL - The man charged in Quebec's election-night shooting has refused to speak to a French-speaking psychiatrist, causing a delay in his case.

Richard Henry Bain was expected to receive the results of his assessment on Monday to determine whether he was fit to stand trial.

But the case was put off until Jan. 11 while the hospital that conducts the evaluation finds a different doctor. Bain will remain at Montreal's Pinel Institute until then.

Stagehand Denis Blanchette was killed, and another worker was wounded in the Sept. 4 attack at a downtown club where the Parti Quebecois was celebrating its election victory.

Wearing a mask and a bathrobe, Bain shouted that the "English are waking up" as officers ushered him to a police cruiser after his arrest.

Bain faces 16 charges, including first-degree murder; three of attempted murder; arson; and a number of weapons counts. The Crown said Monday the investigation remains open and other charges have not been ruled out.

Premier Pauline Marois, who was on stage when the attack occurred nearby, told a TV show recently she believes the shooting was an attempt on her life.

Crown prosecutor Eliane Perreault told a Quebec court judge on Monday that Bain refused to speak to a psychiatrist who addressed him initially in French.

"This examination could not take place because the last time Mr. Bain was seen by a doctor from Pinel, he didn't want to talk to her because she was French-speaking," Perreault said.

"We're trying to make arrangements that he's seen by an English-speaking doctor in the coming days."

Perreault said she didn't know if the fact the doctor was a woman had anything to do with Bain's refusal.

Bain's lawyers say they have not been able to prepare a defence because Bain has been unwilling to co-operate. They had made the request for the evaluation.

Also Monday, one of those lawyers said she and another legal-aid colleague planned to withdraw from the case because a study of Bain's finances revealed the fishing-lodge owner didn't qualify for legal aid and could afford to pay for his own defence. …

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