Ac­cused in mur­der mount­ing de­fence

Truro Daily News - - CANADA -

MON­TREAL — The lawyer rep­re­sent­ing a man on trial for first-de­gree mur­der in the slay­ing of a Mon­treal store clerk says he’ll mount a men­tal disor­der de­fence. De­fence lawyer Philippe Larochelle told the jury Thurs­day that his client Randy Tshilumba was con­vinced the vic­tim, Cle­mence Beaulieu-Pa­try, and her friends wanted to kill him. Larochelle told jurors in his opening state­ment that he’ll bring them in­side the mind of the ac­cused, who doesn’t be­lieve he did any­thing wrong the night of the slay­ing in April 2016. Beaulieu-Pa­try was stabbed 14 times in­side a busy gro­cery store while clients shopped. Tshilumba, who has pleaded not guilty to the charge, will be the first de­fence wit­ness to take the stand.

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