Publication ban ordered for Richard Henry Bain preliminary inquiry
Crown says Bain's inflammatory statements could taint jury
The preliminary inquiry for Richard Henry Bain, the man accused of the election-night shooting at Metropolis last September, began today.
He's the man accused of killing a stage technician on Sept. 4, the night Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois was elected premier.
She was at Metropolis to deliver her victory speech.
But Quebecers may not get to hear or read much about Bain's case.
The judge ruled in favour of the Crown’s request to implement a temporary publication ban on evidence presented at the preliminary inquiry, despite Bain’s insistence against it.
"Freedom of the press! I’ve said that before! It’s what Christian soldiers fought and died for," he exclaimed in court today.
But the Crown prosecutors argued for a general publication ban, saying Bain’s past inflammatory statements could taint a jury.
Bain is facing 15 charges, including first-degree murder, three counts of attempted murder and aggravated assault.
The judge will render his final decision for remaining court proceedings May 10.