Murder of Jenique Dalcourt: the accused suspect had been suspected 10 years ago

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.

• Read also: Identity of suspect arrested 10 years later now known

• Read also: A suspect arrested 10 years after the gruesome murder of Jenique Dalcourt

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

The 23-year-old young woman was attacked, then savagely beaten on a cycle path, as she was returning home after 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 was 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.


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The now 35-year-old man faces a charge of 1st degree murder and appeared late this morning at the Longueuil courthouse.

Jenique Dalcourt’s mother, Monique Dalcourt, as well as her father, John Gandol, are present at the courthouse, accompanied by investigators from the City 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 Wednesday morning.

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

– With Maxime Deland, TVA Nouvelles and Frédérique Giguère

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