Justice for Nina?

Friday, March 23, 2007
No parole for at least 25 years for murderer of 13-year-old Edmonton girl. That's the headline after Justice Brian Burrows handed down his ruling in the Nina Courtepatte murder trial. But, it's not all good news for Nina's family. Joseph Laboucan, 21, was found guilty of the first-degree murder, aggravated sexual assault and kidnapping of Nina Courtepatte, and has received life in prison (see my earlier post below on my feelings about this). He will not be eligible for parole for at least 25 years. However, his co-accused, Michael Briscoe, 36, of Edmonton, "who had told police he was simply swept along in events that led to Nina being raped and bludgeoned to deaths on a golf course", was acquitted on all charges and will likely be released from the Edmonton Remand Centre as early as this afternoon. Cheers, tears, and clapping from Nina's family and others in the courtroom were soon followed by silence as Judge Burrows read the verdict for Briscoe. While one youth plead guilty to first degree murder in the case last year, it will be interesting to see what happens with the remaining two people charged (whom I believe are also covered by the Youth Criminal Justice Act but don't quote me on that one).


Gardenia said...

Personally I think life, throw away the keys, is perhaps the closest we can get to justice for these monsters.

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