Nun killer says his mental illness now under control
MONTREAL (CP) — A man who killed a nun says he now has his mental illness under control, and is asking to be freed.
Martin Rondeau told a courtroom Wednesday that he’s always wanted to know what was wrong with him.
And now that he does, he says he’s no longer a threat.
In his longest public remarks since his arrest, Rondeau offered his condolences to the friends and relatives of Estelle Lauzon, who died after a violent altercation with him in 2007.
“ I’m not an evil being,” Rondeau said. “ The death of Estelle Lauzon affects me as much as others.”
He described the elderly nun as having a “ heart of gold,” and as always being “ready to give her time” to those that needed help.
A Quebec court has already found him not criminally responsible for his actions because of his illness; the court is now deciding where Rondeau should stay.
Superior Court Justice Guy Cournoyer said Wednesday that Rondeau will clearly not remain in prison, which is where he has spent the last two-and-a-half years.
The judge will announce next Tuesday what conditions will be attached to his release.
The tall, burly, 33-year-old says he’s been doing better since going on medication, and hasn’t had a crisis in a little over four months.
He says his family is ready to help: his mother and stepfather would let him live in a cottage northeast of Montreal.
His mother, France Poirier, was choking back tears Wednesday.
“It was the worst thing that could have happened,” she said.
“But I knew it wasn’t him, it wasn’t Martin. . . The only thing we wanted was to find out what he had, why it happened.”
But a neurologist testifying for the Crown, Patrick Cossette, says it’s too early to tell if Rondeau could harm anyone else.
“I can’t guarantee to the court that even if he follows the medication, that he won’t reoffend,” Cossette said.