Canada Jury Convicts Man In 2012 Quebec Election Shooting

Canada jury convicts man in 2012 Quebec election shooting

MONTREAL, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News -24th Augst,2016) - A Canadian jury on Tuesday convicted a man of murder for a 2012 attack that killed one after he opened fire on an election victory rally for Quebec separatists. Richard Henry Bain was convicted of second-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder. He will be sentenced on September 6 and faces between 10 and 20 years in prison. Bain was accused of opening fire at a September 4, 2012 rally outside a Montreal concert venue as the newly elected prime minister of the French-speaking Canadian province, Pauline Marois, was speaking.

The gunman, the English-speaking owner of a hunting and fishing business, was masked and dressed in a bathrobe and screamed anti-French slogans as he fired shots, killing a bystander. He claimed to be on a mission from Jesus to "fight the evil separatists," adding that "Christian soldiers never commit murder." The trial centered around Bain's mental state at the time of the attack.

The 65-year-old's attorney had argued that he was mentally ill and should not be found criminally responsible. Bain had been declared fit for trial after a long psychiatric examination.