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Quebec Halloween attacker found guilty of first degree murder

A man who used a sword to kill and maim victims in the historic district of Quebec on Halloween night 2020 has been found guilty of murder

Carl Girouard, 26, was convicted of two counts of first degree murder and five counts of attempted murder.

Girouard had admitted the acts, but his lawyer argued that his client was not criminally responsible due to a mental disorder and could not distinguish right from wrong.

The Crown countered that the murders were premeditated and that Girouard knew of his actions that night.

An 11-member jury had to decide if Girouard was not criminally responsible or was guilty of first degree murder, second degree murder or manslaughter.

He returned with his verdicts on Friday after five days of deliberations.

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