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Canada Defence lawyers contest consecutive-sentencing in Quebec mosque shooter case

06:30  27 october  2019
06:30  27 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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A group of lawyers opposed to consecutive life sentences has been granted intervener status in an appeal of the sentence handed down to Quebec City Bissonnette, 29, pleaded guilty last year to six counts of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder after he walked into the mosque at the

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Messages are placed near a mosque that was the location of a shooting spree in Quebec City, Quebec on January 31, 2017 Messages are placed near a mosque that was the location of a shooting spree in Quebec City, Quebec on January 31, 2017

MONTREAL — A group of lawyers opposed to consecutive life sentences has been granted intervener status in an appeal of the sentence handed down to Quebec City mosque killer Alexandre Bissonnette.

The Montreal Defence Lawyers Association is arguing that the Criminal Code contravenes the Charter of Rights and Freedoms by allowing judges to stack life sentences for multiple murders instead imposing them concurrently.

Bissonnette, 29, pleaded guilty last year to six counts of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder after he walked into the mosque at the Islamic Cultural Centre during evening prayers on Jan. 29, 2017, and opened fire.

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The Quebec City mosque shooting (French: Attentat de la grande mosquée de Québec ) was a mass shooting on the evening of January 29, 2017, at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City

Lawyers for both the defence and the prosecution said they needed time to analyse the judge's lengthy decision Bissonnette's lawyers had argued that if he was sentenced to 25 years consecutively for each Consecutive sentences have been applied a handful of times in Canada since the law was

The Crown had requested a sentence of six consecutive 25-year terms with no chance of parole — 150 years in total — but Quebec Superior Court Justice Francois Huot opted for life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for 40 years, saying that a sentence beyond life expectancy would have been "absurd" and a charter violation.

The law, however, would have allowed the judge to impose a 150-year jail sentence, which is what the association is now challenging.

The lawyers argue that "a sentence exceeding life expectancy without review mechanism" would be "inconsistent with human dignity" and a violation of Section 12 of the charter, which grants protection from cruel and unusual punishment.

The Canadian Press

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