Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Man Charged in 2012 Quebec Election Shooting Was Upset Earlier That Day: Crown

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Man Charged in 2012 Quebec Election Shooting Was Upset Earlier That Day: Crown

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Crown outlines case at election-shooting trial

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MONTREAL - Richard Henry Bain was upset the day the Parti Quebecois went on to win the 2012 election, the Crown said Thursday as it outlined its case against the man charged with murder that night.

Bain, 65, was unable to vote earlier in the day because of an address problem, prosecutor Dennis Galiatsatos told the jury as Bain's first-degree murder trial began.

Hours later, the accused was listening to the radio in his vehicle when he learned then-PQ leader Pauline Marois would be Quebec's new premier, he said.

Galiatsatos said Bain parked his car in a lot outside the Metropolis club where PQ members were inside celebrating.

"At 11:40 p.m., as Marois took the stage ... Bain parked his vehicle, a black, GMC Yukon SUV, put on a ski mask, a bathrobe and took a loaded, semi-automatic gun, a pistol, as well as an extra magazine clip and a flare," he told the court.

The accused then walked up to several people outside the back entrance of the venue and fired the semi-automatic once before it jammed, Galiatsatos said.

The one bullet struck and killed lighting technician Denis Blanchette, Galiatsatos said, before exiting his body and hitting another employee, stagehand David Courage, who survived.

As people ran away, Bain put fuel on the backstage stairs and door and lit his flare, setting a fire, Galiatsatos said.

Bain, according to the prosecutor, then pointed a handgun at a police officer but was unable to get a shot off before he was tackled and arrested.

The Crown told the jury that as Bain was being arrested he yelled: "The English are waking up!"

Before Galiatsatos gave his opening remarks, the accused pleaded not guilty again to all six counts: first-degree murder; three counts of attempted murder; and two fire-related offences.

Galiatsatos said he would prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Bain is responsible for Blanchette's death and is also guilty on the five other charges. …

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