Guilty of killing his friend for a girl

Guilty of killing his friend for a girl

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A teenager who stabbed his best friend to death following an argument over a girl has finally been sentenced to three years in prison, the maximum sentence that can be imposed on a minor.

“The death of [the victim] has caused unbearable pain for his family and friends. It created unspeakable suffering, said Judge Catherine Perreault on Monday at the Laval courthouse.

Now a young adult, the accused did not flinch when he was sentenced to his sentence for the manslaughter he committed in January 2020. He was then 16 years old, so by law he cannot be named.

That day, the accused had argued with friends, one of whom had made disparaging remarks about a classmate he liked. The young people insulted each other by text message and then by Internet, until they met in a park to discuss.

But the accused had brought two knives and when a fight broke out, he stabbed his friend in the chest.

“It turned [the victim's father's] life into a daily nightmare, the judge said. [The mother] was broken for life. [The brother] has forever lost a part of his being. ”

Closed custody

First accused of murder, the young defendant was finally convicted of manslaughter. And following expertise, the Crown finally waived its claim for an adult sentence. She therefore requested a placement of three years, therefore 30 months in closed custody. 

The defense hoped for a slightly lesser sentence, but most of which would be served in the community.

< p>Recognizing that the risk of recidivism was low, the judge nevertheless opted for 36 months of placement, including 26 months in closed custody, so that the young person could obtain the necessary skills to rehabilitate himself.

“His way is still long, but that does not mean that he is inaccessible, said the judge. This period seems necessary to complete the reintegration work. »

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