Brandon Metallic will stand alone in his double murder trial

Brandon Metallic will stand alone in his double murder trial

The main entrance to the New Carlisle Courthouse, where court proceedings in this case have been taking place since the arrest of Brandon Metallic, on May 15, 2021.

Brandon Metallic, accused of the double murder that occurred in the spring of 2021 on the territory of the indigenous community of Listuguj, will officially represent himself during his trial.

The 30-year-old individual was back in court on Tuesday. He appeared virtually at the New Carlisle courthouse live from the Philippe-Pinel National Institute of Forensic Psychiatry in Montreal, where he is still being held.

The accused, who was finally declared fit to stand trial in late June, was cautioned by Quebec Court judge Janick Poirier during the hearings. Mr. Metallic, who had already raised this possibility in the past, nevertheless confirmed to the Court that he does not intend to use the services of a lawyer to ensure his defense.

Me Anne Joncas-Côté is a prosecutor at the Percé courthouse. She was assigned to the Brandon Metallic file last June.

The criminal prosecuting attorney now assigned to the file, Me Anne Joncas-Côté, told Radio-Canada that the accused has not justified his decision, but that he obviously has the right to ensure his own defence.

“It was clear in his answer that he wished to represent himself despite the explanations of the judge on what [what this decision will entail] . »

— Me Anne Joncas-Côté, criminal prosecuting attorney

The Court of Quebec had appointed Me Hugo Caissy to accompany the accused in the process related to his fitness to stand trial . The lawyer had also shown himself open to ensuring his defense in the context of his trial.

However, the principal concerned did not retain his services.

Court proceedings will continue on December 14 and 15 with preliminary motions. The Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions did not reveal the content of these requests, but specified that they stemmed from the fact that the accused will represent himself alone.

The dates of preliminary investigation, which Brandon Metallic has also requested, have yet to be scheduled. It is also unknown how many days this stage will last and how many witnesses will be called on this occasion.

Mr. Metallic was arrested on May 15, 2021, following the discovery of the bodies of a girl and a man at a residence in the Mi'gmaw community of Listuguj. The identities of the victims are subject to a publication ban.

The question of the accused's fitness to stand trial has headlines several times over the past 15 months. Two psychiatric evaluations were carried out by experts from the Philippe-Pinel National Institute of Forensic Psychiatry and led to two separate medical treatments.

Brandon Metallic's second psychiatric evaluation had d was also requested by the Crown because he had refused to read the evidence in the file.

Brandon Metallic, accused of double murder, is also facing justice on the Côte- North

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