Life in prison for stabbing an 18-year-old boy in the back

The Montrealer who stabbed an 18-year-old boy in the back who was just going to have a drink with his friend has just been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of release for 12 years.

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Maxime Chicoine-Joubert received his sentence without flinching Wednesday morning at the Montreal courthouse for killing Simon-Olivier Bendwell on July 28, 2019.

That evening, the barely 18-year-old victim had the misfortune to meet the murderer at the intersections of de Maisonneuve and Saint-Laurent boulevards. The latter, who “could be very aggressive when he is drunk”, according to the Crown, attacked the victim by stabbing her in the back, just after an altercation with an employee of a Subway restaurant.

Murderous intent

Chicoine-Joubert was charged with first degree murder, but the jury did not accept the thesis of premeditation.

At the same time, he did not accept the defense’s thesis that either the videotapes were not conclusive enough to affirm that he had delivered the fatal blow, or that he was too intoxicated that evening.

Judge Marc-André Blanchard described the attack as “absurd, incomprehensible and gratuitous”, especially since the accused did not provide any help, leaving the scene with his friends.

The accused said he was sorry for the turn of events. However, the judge holds that he stabbed him slyly in the back, while neglecting to provide him with assistance to the victim.

The accused had traits of an antisocial nature, criminal history, he was under a probation order, had consumed a mixture of alcohol and drugs, dragging a history of drug addiction making him a predictable and dangerous being.

With the collaboration of Michael Nguyen.

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