Alexandre Bissonnette capable of empathy? One can doubt this after hearing a recent statement by the murderer, who was sorry for the miraculous survival of Aymen Derbali, the faithful became paraplegic after receiving seven bullets.
In early February 2018, Alexandre Bissonnette was looking at the Quebec City Detention Center for a report about Aymen Derbali and the fundraising campaign to allow the father to return to his home. “Esti, I can not believe that after seven bullets, he is not dead! Said Bissonnette to a fellow prisoner. The murderer then expressed his anger at the idea that the survivor of the slaughter was going to have a house adapted to his disability. “Me, my parents will have nothing! Added Bissonnette. The police were made aware of this statement in late February. It was not introduced in evidence, but was raised Wednesday morning by the Crown.
Questioned by Crown Attorney François Godin, psychiatrist Marie-Frédérique Allard indicated that this statement showed how much Bissonnette’s empathy could be “fluctuating”.
In her report, Dr. Allard reports that Alexandre Bissonnette told him that his victims were people like everyone else and that he was affected by the damage he had done to them.
Justice François Huot of the Superior Court was also skeptical of the killer’s empathy. “I heard testimony from relatives of victims who were chilling,” said the judge. I would say to you that by listening to these testimonies, according to my observations, Mr. Bissonnette remained practically impassive while almost everyone in the courtroom was moved. I have difficulty seeing a progression of empathy with what I observed in the courtroom. ”
The psychiatrist agrees that progress is not huge. “But if you put on a potential of 25 years (the minimum period of incarceration), I think he is able to open up on something else,” she says.
The defense has finished its proof on the sentence. With the help of their experts, Alexandre Bissonnette’s lawyers are trying to convince Judge Huot to impose the minimum 25-year period of parole ineligibility. Under the consecutive sentencing legislation, the court could impose a period of ineligibility of up to 150 years.