Man charged in Quebec election night killing set to return to court


MONTREAL – The man charged in Quebec’s election-night shooting is expected to find out today whether he is fit to stand trial.

Richard Henry Bain’s case returns to court after being delayed because he refused to co-operate with a French-speaking psychiatrist.

Stagehand Denis Blanchette was killed and another worker was wounded in an attack at a downtown club where the Parti Quebecois was celebrating its election victory last September.

Bain faces 16 charges, including first-degree murder, attempted murder, arson and weapons violations.

Premier Pauline Marois, who was on stage when the attack occurred nearby, told a TV show she believes the shooting was an attempt on her life.

Bain’s lawyers say they have not been able to prepare a defence because he has been unwilling to co-operate.

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