A judge has ordered legal aid for the man accused of first degree murder and attempted murder in the 2012 election night shooting.
Quebec Superior Court Justice Guy Cournoyer ruled that since Richard Henry Bain is willing to reimburse the government for his lawyer, he can't pay for a lawyer in time for his trial to start early next year and the case is so complex, he should be given a state-funded lawyer.
Justice Cournoyer noted that if lawyers had mentioned Bain wanted to pay back the government for a lawyer, this process could have gone a lot faster.
Cournoyer cited the seriousness of the charges and the complexity of the case for his ruling.
"It's totally unrealistic to say the charges against Mr. Bain are not complex,"
Cournoyer read from his written decision, adding that a jury trial is "exacting even for the most accomplished lawyer."
"There is no such thing as a simple trial when the charge is first degree murder."
Cournoyer said given Bain's financial situation, Bain is not able to afford a lawyer at the present time or to pay for one in time for his trial to start early next year. He also said there's no reasonable defence counsel who would take on a case with so many uncertainties. To decide anything else, would be "a figment of creative wishful thinking."
The judge said it's in Bain's best interest and society's best interest for him to have a state-funded lawyer, citing Bain's constitutional right to a speedy trial and the public's right to see the swift administration of justice.
The judge set a date late next month for the two sides to update him on the terms of reimbursement.
Stagehand Denis Blanchette was shot dead September 4, 2012 at the Metropolis where the PQ was having its election night victory party. Colleague Dave Courage was shot and seriously injured.