Canada 'One hour too much': Maxi employee stabbed while doing overtime, jury hears

19:22  08 september  2017
19:22  08 september  2017 Source:   The Gazette

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Clémence Beaulieu-Patry was killed by a man she barely knew, the jury hearing the murder trial of Randy Tshilumba was told on Friday.

In her opening statement to the jury, prosecutor Catherine Perreault characterized the April 2016 homicide as one that came out of nowhere as far as the victim was concerned.

The victim and the accused attended the same high school but were not friends, the jury was told. Beaulieu-Patry worked as a cashier at the Maxi supermarket where she was stabbed, but wasn’t originally scheduled to be there at the time. She had agreed with a manager’s request to do an hour of overtime.

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“It was just one hour, but for Clémence it was one hour too much,” Perreault said. The first two witnesses to testify Friday were close friends of the victim. Both said she did not know Tshilumba well.

In her opening statement, Perreault said the Crown has evidence that, after not having seen Beaulieu-Patry for several months, Tshilumba spotted her at the supermarket. There is video evidence that he went to the store three times before he asked her for a date and she turned him down. Days later, he returned to the store and stabbed the young woman 14 times, Perreault said.

Perreault told the jury that there is evidence that proves that after he stabbed Beaulieu-Patry, Tshilumba headed to a Tim Horton’s restaurant where he hid in the bathroom for hours and changed his clothes. 

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While hiding, he sent text messages to friends asking them to pick him up, Perreault said. 

She said Tshilumba eventually left the restaurant and, the following day, he did searches on the Internet with the goal of learning how to get rid of evidence in a homicide.

Tshilumba’s lawyer, Philippe Larochelle, announced that he is not contesting that Tshilumba was inside the supermarket when the murder was carried out. He said this while an eyewitness to the homicide was on the witness stand and was being asked questions to describe the man she saw stab Beaulieu-Patry. 

The eyewitness, Pasacale Nadeje Joseph, said she had hurried into the supermarket near closing time to pick up a few items for a special recipe she was about to prepare. 

She was happy to find apple cider because she had been looking for it for a long time. After gathering all the food items she needed, Nadeje Joseph went to the store’s clothing section. She was with her daughter and noticed Tshilumba appeared to be hugging Beaulieu-Patry. 

“Then a saw the reflection,” the witness said as she became emotional. She was referring to the reflection off the blade of Tshilumba’s knife. 

She said she saw Tshilumba make a long motion with his hand as he pulled a knife out of Beaulieu-Patry. The witness said she can still recall two distinct sounds from that moment: the sound of the blade exiting Beaulieu-Patry’s body and the sound of the victim gasping for air. 

Nadeje Joseph said she hid her daughter behind her and screamed: “What are you doing?” 

She said she then watched as Tshilumba lowered Beaulieu-Patry to the floor “like he didn’t want her to fall” and then ran for store’s exit.

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