Dangerous choices led to Nathan’s death
It is not a half-second of inattention that caused the death of Nathan Lecours, two and a half years, pleads the pursuit. But rather a succession of dangerous choices made by Nicolas Lacroix.
The trial of the 39-year-old Lévisien, accused of criminal negligence with firearms and manslaughter, is coming to an end. If found guilty, Nicolas Lacroix faces a four-year penitentiary sentence due to the existence of a minimum sentence.
Crown Attorney Sarah-Julie Chicoine began her argument by agreeing that Nicolas Lacroix of course wanted to help his friend Mélanie Bissonnette on May 3, 2012, when she was dealing with a stalker. But the tragedy is not an accident, says the Crown.
In a calm and cold tone, the prosecutor detailed the many careless gestures that, in her eyes, cost the boy the life, shot down with a .12 caliber rifle bullet while he was doing “cuckoos” at the end. from the kitchen table.
The first negligence of the accused was to bring a firearm in order to leave it in someone who does not know the weapons, notes the prosecutor. Moreover, in a house where there is a young child. And then, to leave with his weapon even if he had just taken alcohol.
“What he did was clearly dangerous and for him, given his knowledge, it should have been obvious,” says Chicoine, adding that the actions of Nicolas Lacroix were far from those of a reasonably prudent person.
The version of the accused, which has changed along the way, must be rejected, believes the Crown. Lacroix said at first that the shot was gone as soon as he opened the rifle case. He then told the police that it was after unlocking the gun that the rifle was unloaded.
According to Ms. Chicoine, Judge Pelletier should rather retain the testimony of the mother of the small victim, Mélanie Bissonnette, who said she remembered the tragedy in the smallest detail.
According to Ms. Bissonnette, Lacroix pressed a button to break the gun in half. He then took a bullet and showed him how to insert it before closing the barrel.
He then wanted to explain to him the operation of the safety catch. Both hands on the gun, Lacroix then asked aloud on a problem of operation. That’s when the fatal blow was fired.
After being first ready to plead on Tuesday, Nicolas Lacroix, who is standing alone, asked that his performances be postponed to Wednesday.