MONTREAL – The preliminary hearing has begun for Richard Henry Bain, the accused Quebec election-night shooter, under a publication ban.
The ban was requested by the Crown prosecution.
While such a blanket on media coverage at pre-trial hearings is frequently requested by the other side, the defense, Bain appears to welcome public attention.
The accused killer has made numerous attempts to contact media while in prison. He has also used his court appearances to deliver monologues about his political beliefs.
Bain is representing himself.
However, Quebec Court Judge Pierre Labelle warned today that if Bain keeps interrupting the proceedings he could be tossed from the courtroom and the hearing could continue without him.
Bain is accused of being the man who shot two people, killing one man, at a Parti Quebecois victory rally on the night of the provincial election last Sept. 4.
The incident interrupted Premier Pauline Marois’ victory speech.
Bain faces 16 charges, including first-degree murder.
Crown prosecutor Eliane Perreault says the preliminary hearing should last two weeks, and that she expects to call 33 witnesses to the stand.