Guilty of murder for killing a fellow inmate at Rivière-des-Prairies prison

Guilty of murder for killing a fellow inmate at Rivière-des-Prairies prison
Guilty of murder for killing a fellow inmate at Rivière-des-Prairies prison

The Montrealer who pleaded mental illness after beating a fellow inmate to death at Rivière-des-Prairies prison ultimately failed to convince the jury, which instead declared him guilty of murder.

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“Guilty,” said the president of the jury after a weekend of deliberations at the Montreal courthouse.

The jurors thus sealed the fate of Ali Ngarukiye for the murder of André Lapierre, which occurred on the night of June 16 to 17, 2021.

At that time, Ngarukiye, 24, was detained awaiting trial for disarming and attempting to kill a police officer in the Parc-Extension neighborhood. He had been arrested a few weeks earlier, following a long hunt by the police, who had first arrested the wrong individual. The latter, Mamadi Camara, had spent several days behind bars before being completely exonerated.

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Ali Ngarukiye, in the case of police officer Sanjay Vig, who was disarmed before being shot in the Parc-Extension neighborhood in Montreal.

Fearful co-accused

But even in detention, Ngarukiye did not hold his own, so much so that his roommate began to fear him.

“I’m going to be patient so I can get out of here as soon as possible,” he confided to a relative, saying he was stuck with a “mentally ill person who has nothing to lose.”

And a few hours later, Mr. Lapierre’s fears came true, as he was beaten to death in the middle of the night.

“It was beatings, violence, it’s certain that it was violence… Everyone was trying to say to stop hitting the gentleman,” testified Othman Chergui, who was staying in the adjacent cell.

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Mental disorders

Arrested and charged with second-degree murder, Ngarukiye admitted his actions, but pleaded not criminally responsible due to mental disorders.

During the trial which concluded on Monday, Mre Sharon Sandiford of the defense had called a psychiatrist, who spoke at length about the psychiatric problems of the accused.

Me Louis Bouthillier of the Crown, for his part, pleaded for a conviction for murder, because according to him, the evidence did not reveal that at the time of the crime, Ngarukiye was in such a state that he did not carry out the actions he was committing.

The jury ultimately favored the Crown.

Ngarukiye, who is still awaiting sentencing in the unarmed police officer’s case, will return to court next month for sentencing arguments. It is already certain that he will receive life in prison, but it remains to be determined how many years he will have to serve before being eligible for parole.

In his case, this period can vary from 10 to 25 years.

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