Denis Delisle dismissed by the Supreme Court of Canada

The Supreme Court of Canada refused Thursday morning to hear the case of Denis Delisle, who finds himself dismissed once again and nearly 20 years after the premeditated murder of Michèle Bernard, in Quebec.

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“The motion to extend the time to serve and file the application for leave to appeal is denied,” the nation’s highest court said.

The accused had already appealed in March 2010 against the guilty verdict which had been pronounced against him. The Court of Appeal had however chosen to maintain it, the judges having considered that there was no need for a new trial.

Denis Delisle was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment in May 2007 for the murder of a cocaine dealer, to whom he owed money. Michèle Bernard was then found strangled in her car in October 2001.

If he had not been charged at the start for lack of evidence, it was confessions to two fellow prisoners in December 2004 that made it possible to accuse him.

Delisle had previously been convicted in 2006 for the February 2004 murder of Yannick Lafontaine, a drug dealer who had been stabbed 47 times.

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