Murder of Jenique Dalcourt: the suspect will be charged soon

Murder of Jenique Dalcourt: the suspect will be charged soon
Murder of Jenique Dalcourt: the suspect will be charged soon

A man who managed to avoid charges 10 years ago in connection with the death of Jenique Dalcourt, beaten to death on a bike path in Longueuil, was finally caught by the justice system: he is now charged in connection with the murder of the young woman.

Jenique Dalcourt was the victim of a heinous crime on October 21, 2014.

The 23-year-old woman was attacked and then brutally beaten on a cycle path as she was returning home from work. The crime sparked widespread indignation among the population.

At the time, investigators believed they had solved the murder by arresting a suspect, days after the fatal attack.

The Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DPCP), however, refused to lay charges against the 26-year-old, probably judging that the evidence gathered against him would not allow his conviction. A year later, in the fall of 2015, the file had been submitted to the DPCP for the second time, with the aim of accusing the suspect whom the police had in their sights since the start of the investigation. Here again, the DPCP refused to move forward.

The individual arrested in recent hours, Michael McDuff-Jalbert, is the same man the police suspected from the start, we learned.

The now 35-year-old man faces a charge of 1st degree murder and is expected to appear this morning at the Longueuil courthouse.

Jenique Dalcourt’s mother, Monique Dalcourt, is present at the courthouse, accompanied by investigators from the of Longueuil Police Service (SPAL).

Furthermore, moments after the crime, it was McDuff-Jalbert who contacted 911 to advise that he had just found a body by chance on the cycle path, not far from Chemin de Chambly. “Michael McDuff-Jalbert is the only person targeted by this arrest warrant,” said the head of investigations at SPAL, Pierre Duquette, during a press briefing held morning.

The SPAL, however, is stingy with comments concerning this case “so as not to harm the judicial process”, indicated the police force in a press release. The police however confirm that “specific methods in the field of judicial sciences” made it possible to carry out to this arrest.

– With Maxime Deland, TVA Nouvelles and Frédérique Giguère

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