Canada Jury deliberations start Thursday in Lac-Mégantic railway disaster trial

07:20  11 january  2018
07:20  11 january  2018 Source:   The Gazette

Judge gives instructions to Lac-Megantic jury

  Judge gives instructions to Lac-Megantic jury Judge gives instructions to Lac-Megantic juryThe jurors will be sequestered once Quebec Superior Court Justice Gaetan Dumas has finished his charge.

Superior Court Justice Gaétan Dumas has completed his instructions to the jury in the trial of three former Montreal, Maine and Atlantic railway employees indicted for their roles in the 2013 Lac - Mégantic disaster . Eight men and four women will begin deliberations Thursday morning.

Local News. Jury deliberations start Thursday in Lac - Mégantic railway disaster trial .

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SHERBROOKE — The three accused in the Lac-Mégantic railway disaster must be judged without sympathy or prejudice and without consideration of public opinion, Quebec Superior Court Justice Gaétan Dumas told jurors Wednesday in his final instructions.

Dumas began speaking to the jurors one day after defence lawyers for the accused wrapped up their closing arguments.

When he was done, 12 of 14 jurors were sequestered to deliberate the fate of the former railway employees starting Thursday morning.

“You must consider the evidence and make your decision without sympathy, prejudice or fear,” Dumas told the jury. “You must not be influenced by public opinion.”

Jurors ask first questions in Lac-Megantic trial

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Tom Harding, Richard Labrie and Jean Demaître are charged with criminal negligence in the disaster that killed 47 people in July 2013 when a runaway train carrying crude derailed in Lac-Mégantic and exploded.

They have pleaded not guilty.

Harding was the train’s engineer, Labrie the traffic controller and Demaître the manager of train operations.

Dumas said the jury is charged with rendering three separate, unanimous verdicts based solely on evidence heard in the courtroom.

The trial judge added that neither the now-bankrupt company that owned the derailed train, Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway, nor its administrators were on trial.

The trial involved only the three employees accused of being individually and independently criminally negligent from July 4 to 6, 2013, he said.

Lac-Megantic closing arguments continue today

  Lac-Megantic closing arguments continue today Closing arguments at the Lac-Megantic criminal trial enter their third day today as defence lawyers continue to make the case their clients should be found not guilty. Tom Harding, Richard Labrie and Jean Demaitre have all pleaded not guilty to one count of criminal negligence causing the death of 47 people.On July 6, 2013, a runaway train carrying crude derailed in Lac-Megantic and exploded, killing the 47 and destroying part of the downtown core.The Crown presented its arguments Wednesday, Demaitre's lawyer was front and centre Thursday and Labrie's is expected to address the jury today.

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Dumas explained to jurors some elements of criminal law, such as the fact the three accused are not required to prove they are innocent. In fact, he said, they have nothing to prove.

It’s up to the prosecution, he continued, to prove beyond a reasonable doubt the behaviour of the three men — by their actions or omissions — constituted a marked and important departure from what a reasonable person would do under the same circumstances.

In order for the three men to be guilty, Dumas said, the accused must have omitted to do something they were required to do, thus showing a reckless disregard for the life of others.

The accused’s behaviour must have also caused the death of 47 people, he said.

Harding, the Crown contends, failed to perform a proper brake test and didn’t apply enough handbrakes after he parked the 73-wagon convoy on July 5, 2013.

Labrie and Demaître are accused of failing to ask enough questions to ensure the train was properly secure after a fire broke out on the locomotive and firefighters shut off its engine, compromising the braking system.

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