A brief, eventful court date for Bain
The psychiatric evaluation for the man accused in the deadly election night shooting at the Metropolis wasn't ready today — so he'll be back in court in January. Language appears to have prompted the delay.
The court was supposed to receive the results of Richard Henry Bain's psychiatric evaluation today to determine if he was fit to stand trial. Crown prosecutor Éliane Perreault explained the problem had to do with a female psychiatrist who spoke to him first in French.
"She spoke English, but she addressed him in French at first, then he didn't want to speak to her," Perreault told reporters after the hearing.
"We're trying to take arrangements so he will be seen by an English-speaking doctor in the following days."
Bain's lawyer told the court they are seeking to withdraw from the case because a review committee determined he is not eligible for legal aid.
During his brief court appearance, Bain tried to read a statement saying he wanted the SQ to investigate an alleged assault on him in the courthouse back in October. The judge put a stop to that, saying she had no jurisdiction in the matter. Bain could be heard muttering, "So you bring me to a court with no jurisdiction."
And as he was being led away from the courtroom by courthouse constables, Bain was heard saying, "God bless you all. Happy holidays."
Photo: Olivier Pontbriand (La Presse)