Canadian jury finds swordsman guilty of first-degree murder – CBC


(Reuters) – A jury in Canada has convicted a 26-year-old man who carried out the 2020 Halloween sword attacks in Quebec City on two counts of first-degree murder, the Canadian Broadcasting reported on Friday. Corp.

Dressed in medieval clothing and wielding a sword, Carl Girouard stabbed two to death and injured five others late on Halloween 2020 inside the city’s walled historic center.

Girouard, who admitted carrying out the attacks, was also found guilty of five counts of attempted murder for his attacks on five other people that night, according to the CBC.

The jury, made up of four men and seven women, delivered its verdict on Friday after nearly five days of deliberation, CBC reported.

Girouard’s sentencing is scheduled for June where he faces life imprisonment and will not be eligible for parole for at least 25 years, according to the report.

His lawyer Pierre Gagnon told CBC that his client was disappointed with the decision and intended to appeal.

Gagnon could not immediately be reached for comment.

(Reporting by Ismail Shakil in Ottawa; Editing by David Gregorio)