Steeve Gagnon is the man accused in the case of the ram truck attack that occurred in March 2023 in Amqui. (File photo)
The defendant's preliminary investigation was initially scheduled for September, but it was ultimately postponed to January.
Around twenty witnesses will be heard during the five days of hearings planned for this stage of the legal process.
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Usually, this step aims to determine whether the evidence is sufficient to proceed to trial.
But in this case, the defense admitted that there was enough evidence that' #x27;a trial takes place, indicates Mr. Simon Blanchette, criminal and penal prosecutor.
The defense still has the right to exercise its right to hold a preliminary investigation. In this case, it is rather an exploratory function on the part of the defense, which will ask to hear certain witnesses in order to be able to listen to their version, to test their version in order to possibly prepare for the trial, he explains.
The contents of a preliminary investigation are subject to a publication ban, which limits disclosure evidence presented during this stage of the legal process.
In the present case, the important thing is not to contaminate the group of jurors to be certain that we can be able to constitute an impartial and independent jury which is not aware of the evidence before the start. of the trial, explains the defense lawyer, Me Hugo Caissy.
On March 13, 2023, a van hit pedestrians who were traveling in downtown Amqui.
The tragedy cost the life of Gérald Charest and Jean Lafrenière, as well as Simon-Guillaume Bourget, who succumbed to his injuries in the following days. Eight other people were injured.
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The tragedy shook the little one community of Amqui. (Archive photo)
Steeve Gagnon surrendered himself to the police after the events and remains detained since that time.
At the end of the preliminary investigation hearings, there could be a trial before a judge and jury at the Rimouski courthouse, if the accused pleads not guilty.
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