Man charged in Quebec election shooting fit for trial
Richard Henry Bain faces 16 charges, including 1st-degree murder
A Quebec judge has ruled the man charged in Quebec's election-night shooting is mentally fit to stand trial.
Richard Henry Bain faces 16 charges, including first-degree murder, attempted murder, arson and weapons violations stemming from a Sept. 4, 2012, attack that took place at the Montreal Metropolis during the Parti Québécois' victory rally.
The question of whether Bain would face a trial had loomed large since the Sept. 4 shooting, with his fitness hearing being delayed several times.
On Monday, psychiatrist Chantal Bouchard told the court that Bain refused to speak with her during two meetings at the Pinel Institute.
She said Bain politely explained to her he would rather have an anglophone psychiatrist.
Bouchard told the court she could not find any reason to declare Bain unfit to stand trial.
Following Judge Jean-Paul Braun's ruling on Monday, Bain stood up in court, and said, "Jesus Christ has spoken through you, your honour."
Can't afford lawyer
The next step in the case concerns Bain's legal aid qualification.
Bain's current lawyer, Elfriede Duclervil, is expected to withdraw from the case if it is determined that Bain does not qualify for legal aid.
That decision is set to be made at a hearing on Feb. 20.
Earlier this month, Duclervil said Bain does not qualify for legal aid and told reporters representing him is a challenge.
But Duclervil had her request to stop representing Bain denied by the judge, who said he wanted to get the issue of fitness out of the way so the case could move forward.
Bain has told the court he can't afford a lawyer. If it is determined that Bain does not qualify for legal aid, the accused has said he would like to defend himself.
On Monday, Bain stood up in the courtroom and pointed at the Crown prosecutor, warning that he will want all documents translated into English. He asked the prosecutor to tell Quebec Premier Pauline Marois that the process would cost taxpayers a lot of money.
Deadly election night shooting
Stagehand Denis Blanchette was killed and another worker was wounded in the attack outside the Metropolis theatre, a downtown Montreal club, where the Parti Québecois was celebrating its election victory last September.
Marois, who was giving her victory speech at the time of the shooting, has said she believes she was the target of a political assassination attempt.
With files from The Canadian Press