Nun killer says his men­tal ill­ness now un­der con­trol

Cape Breton Post - - NATIONAL -

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.

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