Murder of Jimmy Méthot | The judge sentences Manceaux to life in prison, but undermines the Crown’s evidence

Witnesses of “questionable morality” and unconvincing proof of premeditation. Judge Daniel Royer took the liberty of damaging the quality of the Crown’s evidence on Wednesday by sentencing Véronique Manceaux to life in prison for the “sordid” murder of Jimmy Méthot.

“With the greatest respect for the jury, the Court ratified the verdict since there is no indication that it was not rendered in accordance with the instructions received which are appropriate in law until proven otherwise,” declared Judge Royer on Wednesday, sentencing Véronique Manceaux to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 25 years.

In the courtroom, those close to Véronique Manceaux began to applaud, before being brought back to order.

Under the influence of crack cocaine, Véronique Manceaux beat and tortured Jimmy Méthot in his LaSalle residence in September 2021. A 17-year-old accomplice participated in the murder, while three other people cleaned up the scene for days. The killers had hidden the young man’s body in a barrel. The verdict does not allow us to know the precise role of Manceaux in the murder.

When a jury returns a verdict of first degree murder, the judge has no discretion in imposing the sentence. Generally, judges then simply emphasize the pain of the victims and the horror of the crime. But on Wednesday, Judge Royer made unusual comments before imposing the sentence.

The magistrate instead focused on the fragility of the Crown’s evidence. To find Véronique Manceaux guilty of the murder of Jimmy Méthot, the jury had to conclude that she had premeditated her action or that the murder had been committed in a context of kidnapping. Or that she helped her accomplice kill the victim.

The “unconfirmed” evidence, according to the judge, came from witnesses who participated in the crime or who were testifying while awaiting trial. Jimmy Méthot’s girlfriend – a key witness in the trial – must still be tried for one count of complicity after the fact and indignity to a corpse. At the trial, she recounted the fateful evening in a confused manner.


Véronique Manceaux, around ten years ago

As for the “path” of confinement, it was based “solely”, according to the judge, on the previous testimony of a 17-year-old teenager who had already pleaded guilty to first degree murder in the Youth Chamber.

“This testimony had to be filed as evidence, since the witness claimed under oath to remember nothing of the events, which earned him to be cited for contempt of court,” recalled the judge, emphasizing the “morality doubtful” of these two witnesses.

The defense had argued that the murder was likely committed by the teenage murderer and his mentor, violent criminal Everett Roger Clayton (since deceased). The defense also argued that the two witnesses had had an interest in testifying in this way, and that their accounts contradicted each other. But this theory did not raise a reasonable doubt in the minds of the jury.

As with the sentences of the 17-year-old teenager and Everett Roger Clayton, those close to Jimmy Méthot gave moving testimonies. His mother and sisters have been mourning the death of a “funny”, “warm” and “endearing” young man for three years.

“I miss my brother every day. I feel an irreparable void. An immense sorrow,” confided his sister Vicky in a poignant letter.

“Jimmy is not a victim, he is a brother, a son, a friend… I lost my guy. This is the worst pain a mother can experience,” her mother wrote in a letter.

“I will never hear his laughter again, his Jim Carrey imitations… Our lives are broken forever,” said his sister Samantha.

Me Carl Devost Fortin and Me Fanie Lacroix defended Véronique Manceaux, while Me Marie-Claude Bourassa and Me Jasmine Guillaume represented the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DPCP).


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