Homicide in Stoneham: Guénette knew what was happening before the murder

Accused of second-degree murder, Éric Guénette sat down at the table after six long hours of interrogation, admitting to the police that it was his friend Keven Prévost-Bouchard who had killed a young drug deliveryman before his eyes, but adding that he had seen the drama unfold in the preceding minutes, without intervening.

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“That’s not me. It’s not me that osti.”

These are the words that Éric Guénette constantly repeated, in tears, when he found himself alone after telling investigators about the murder of Achraf Thimoumi, which occurred on August 8, 2022, in Stoneham.

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The 20-year-old Moroccan national, who delivered drugs for a criminal organization, was killed for a kilo of cocaine, it was revealed at the opening of the Lac-Saint-Jean resident’s trial earlier this week.

Confidences

On Wednesday and Thursday, the video of the long interrogation lasting a total of eight hours that Éric Guénette underwent was presented to the jury. On the day of his arrest, October 26, 2022, the 35-year-old man insisted for six hours that he had the right to silence. However, he ends up faltering and agrees to tell investigator Pier-Luc Brisson what really happened two and a half months earlier.


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He was initially supposed to pick up his friend Prévost-Bouchard in a garage in Quebec. However, the latter explains to him that he has a meeting with a drug deliveryman.

“We’re going to do it,” his friend told him at that moment.

When the investigator asks the accused what Prévost-Bouchard meant by “doing it,” Guénette leaves little room for interpretation.

“We do it, we kill it.”

Then, Éric Guénette saw Keven Prévost-Bouchard’s firearm. On the road, the latter even loaded it in front of his eyes, he explains.


Crime scene of the murder of Achraf Thimoumi, on Chemin des Familles, in Stoneham, August 8, 2022 Photo credit: Provided by the court

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He also admitted to the investigator that he asked the victim to follow him to a “quiet spot” because he “knew what was going to happen.”

Constraint?

According to this interrogation, Guénette therefore knew about thirty minutes before the murder what could be going on.


Crime scene of the murder of Achraf Thimoumi, on Chemin des Familles, in Stoneham, August 8, 2022 Photo credit: Provided by the court

Photo credit: Taken from Éric Guénette’s Facebook

It is these confessions which, for the prosecution, justify the charge of second degree murder which is brought. And this, even if he was not the one who shot or set the plan in motion.

For Me Fabien Villemaire, these elements do not clear Éric Guénette of his participation in the murder.

However, the accused also mentions several times during his interrogation “being afraid” of Keven Prévost-Bouchard, asking the police not to be detained in the same place. “I’m going to eat one tabarnac.»

Could he have been afraid too on the day of the murder? This is what Guénette tried to make investigator Brisson understand. “What more did you want me to say man? That I prevent it? Forget it,” insists the accused.

His ex-partner, with whom he was at the time of the murder, also came to testify that Guénette, fearful, “felt followed” in the weeks following the tragedy.

The trial of Éric Guénette, who is represented by Me Louis Belliard, will continue next week.

Excerpts from the police interrogation of Éric Guénette

“I never wanted this, man. I didn’t even know he was going to do that.”

“[Keven Prévost-Bouchard] had no money [pour la cocaïne]I was asking myself questions, then after that, he said: ”We’re going to do it”. […] What do you want me to tell you? Am I going to stop it? Should I have run away? Find something else?”


Crime scene of the murder of Achraf Thimoumi, on Chemin des Familles, in Stoneham, August 8, 2022 Photo credit: Provided by the court

Provided by the court

“It’s as if he had makes it fly or whatever, as if it had made a grab, as if a stranger had arrived by chance in the transaction and then it clicked, clicked [en mimant une arme à feu].”

“I wanted to be of service, osti, and I’m going to be caught within 10 years”

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