Accused in murder mounting defence
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.