Pleadings at Carl Girouard’s trial: experts’ work comes under attack

In the final part of Carl Girouard’s trial, the opinions of the experts who came to testify were discredited on both sides during Wednesday’s defenses.

Trying to convince his client that he was in a delirium, the defense rolled the ball as he carried out a series of sword attacks on the streets of Old Quebec on Halloween evening 2020.

Attorney Pierre Gagnon said that two experts called by the prosecution, psychiatrist Dr. He attacked the credibility of Sylvain Faucher and neuropsychologist William Pothier. Both denied the thesis that the accused had schizophrenia at the time of the murders.

Me Gagnon criticized the Royal witnesses for basing their analysis on ignoring Girouard’s taking an antipsychotic drug, according to the attorney; this is a “fundamental mistake” according to the lawyer.

“When (Dr. Pothier) had him do the tests, he was of the opinion that Carl Girouard was not taking antipsychotic medication. (…) But it is wrong, now we know,” argued Me Gagnon.

Mr. Gagnon said, “What value can we place on these conclusions when the premises are false?” he asked.

The attorney said Girouard stopped taking Seroqual, a drug that treats symptoms of schizophrenia for three weeks or a month during psychometric tests, and the drug could take up to a month. Gilles Chamberland after the defense expert’s statements.

Lawyer also Dr. He criticized Faucher for giving “lame examples” and “dueling” the defense during cross-examination.

Me Gagnon, on the other hand, spent a few moments with Dr. He praised Chamberland’s professional career. The psychiatrist told jurors that the night of the murder, the defendant suffered from schizophrenia and psychotic delirium.

Me Gagnon invited the jurors to consider the psychiatrist’s “unique” experience and recognized expertise during their deliberations.

Mr. Gagnon, to highlight that some of the defendants’ behavior was related to schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorder, Dr. He repeated several passages from Chamberland’s report. The lawyer argued that if this last circumstance did not contribute to the events, it masked the appearance of schizophrenia in Girouard.

Me Gagnon underlined that the fact that she bought different masks and various gloves for a total of $ 2,500 before taking her actions is one of the indicators that point to a state of delusion.

The 26-year-old suspect faces two counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder. He admitted to the attacks but claims he was not criminally responsible for his actions due to mental illness.

In “finger style”

Crown attorney, jurors Dr. He invited us to consider some of the shortcomings in Chamberland’s work.

Me François Godin criticized, among other things, the defense expert for not soliciting reports from the various stakeholders who met with Girouard immediately after the events and in the days that followed.

Arguing that the defendant’s criminal acts were premeditated and knew how to distinguish good from bad during the attack, the lawyer said, “Wasn’t it his responsibility to have as much information as possible before presenting his opinion?” he argued.

From the outset of his defense, Me Godin declared that the “important” question for the jury was: How did the defendant “snap his fingers” out of his psychosis without medication?

The royal attorney said that if he was subsequently prescribed an antipsychotic, it was a sleep dose followed by a “low” dose.

The sudden disappearance of the “mission” that Girouard says he’s been fighting for years also raises questions. Just like the purpose behind stimulating his “alter-ego”, he mentioned Me Godin.

“How can I explain that after 48 to 72 hours it no longer exists? He doesn’t talk about it at all. (…) He will never speak of the virtues of his duty,” Me Godin continued.

Allegedly, the precautions he took before and during the events, his gait, behavior and posture show that Girouard knew what he was doing.

“How is he going to explain to the jury that, while in psychosis, he took the correct GPS route, obeyed the speed limits, put on his indicators, made his mandatory stops, parallel parked in the narrow streets of Old Quebec?

Manipulating a 77 cm long sword requires a certain level of consciousness, as Me Godin mentioned.

The jury will begin its deliberations early next week, after giving its final indications on Thursday and Monday.


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