R. v. Cormier (F.M.), (2015) 435 N.B.R.(2d) 364 (TD)

Judge:French, J.
Court:Court of Queen's Bench of New Brunswick
Case Date:May 04, 2015
Jurisdiction:New Brunswick
Citations:(2015), 435 N.B.R.(2d) 364 (TD);2015 NBQB 96
 
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R. v. Cormier (F.M.) (2015), 435 N.B.R.(2d) 364 (TD);

    435 R.N.-B.(2e) 364; 1134 A.P.R. 364

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Temp. Cite: [2015] N.B.R.(2d) TBEd. JN.009

Renvoi temp.: [2015] N.B.R.(2d) TBEd. JN.009

Her Majesty the Queen v. Frederick Malcolm Cormier

(SJCR/15/2014; 2015 NBQB 96; 2015 NBBR 96)

Indexed As: R. v. Cormier (F.M.)

Répertorié: R. v. Cormier (F.M.)

New Brunswick Court of Queen's Bench

Trial Division

Judicial District of Saint John

French, J.

May 6, 2015.

Summary:

Résumé:

The accused was found guilty of second degree murder.

The New Brunswick Court of Queen's Bench, Trial Division, sentenced the accused to life imprisonment without eligibility for parole for 10 years.

Criminal Law - Topic 5670

Punishments (sentence) - Imprisonment and parole - Parole - Period of ineligibility - [See Criminal Law - Topic 5881 ].

Criminal Law - Topic 5847

Sentencing - Considerations on imposing sentence - Remorse of accused - [See Criminal Law - Topic 5881 ].

Criminal Law - Topic 5881

Sentence - Murder - Cormier and Eldridge knew each other through the drug subculture in Saint John - Their relationship appeared to sour over a woman (Saunders) they had both dated - One afternoon, Eldridge approached Cormier outside of Saunders' home and stated that he wanted to fight - Eldridge left after a neighbour threatened to call the police - Eldridge sent several text messages to Cormier throughout the day that were offensive and belligerent - That night, Cormier and Saunders were at the home of Cormier's father when Eldridge and a friend arrived - Cormier stayed inside - Eldridge left but returned a short time later with a plastic pipe - Cormier went outside and stabbed Eldridge twice - One puncture wound was an inch deep and the other caused Eldridge's death - Cormier was found guilty of second degree murder - The New Brunswick Court of Queen's Bench, Trial Division, found that Cormier was genuinely remorseful - This remorse was not inconsistent with Cormier's submission that he had acted in self-defence - The court sentenced Cormier to life imprisonment without eligibility for parole for 10 years.

Droit criminel - Cote 5670

Peines (sentence) - Emprisonnement et libération conditionnelle - Libération conditionnelle - Période d'inadmissibilité - [Voir Criminal Law - Topic 5670 ].

Droit criminel - Cote 5847

Détermination de la peine - Facteurs considérés lors de l'infliction de la peine - Remords de la part du prévenu - [Voir Criminal Law - Topic 5847 ].

Droit criminel - Cote 5881

Peine - Meurtre - [Voir Criminal Law - Topic 5881 ].

Cases Noticed:

R. v. Nash (A.W.) (2009), 340 N.B.R.(2d) 320; 871 A.P.R. 320; 2009 NBCA 7, refd to. [para. 2].

R. v. C.A.M., [1996] 1 S.C.R. 500; 194 N.R. 321; 73 B.C.A.C. 81; 120 W.A.C. 81, refd to. [para. 4].

R. v. Mafi (K.) (2000), 133 B.C.A.C. 221; 217 W.A.C. 221; 2000 BCCA 135, refd to. [para. 8].

R. v. Shropshire (M.T.) (1995), 188 N.R. 284; 65 B.C.A.C. 37; 106 W.A.C. 37 (S.C.C.), refd to. [para. 10].

R. v. Zinck (T.R.), [2003] 1 S.C.R. 41; 300 N.R. 201; 257 N.B.R.(2d) 1; 674 A.P.R. 1; 2003 SCC 6, refd to. [para. 11].

R. v. Allen, 2004 NLSCTD 134, refd to. [para. 61].

R. v. Smith (D.) (2014), 350 N.S.R.(2d) 46; 1105 A.P.R. 46; 2014 NSSC 352, refd to. [para. 61].

R. v. Irving (J.P.) (2015), 432 N.B.R.(2d) 156; 1128 A.P.R. 156; 2015 NBQB 70, refd to. [para. 64].

Counsel:

Avocats:

Lucie N. Mathurin and Shara K. Munn, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen;

Peter A. Corey and Brian D. Ferguson, on behalf of Frederick Malcolm Cormier.

This matter was heard on May 4, 2015, before French, J., of the New Brunswick Court of Queen's Bench, Trial Division, Judicial District of Saint John, who delivered the following sentencing decision orally on May 6, 2015.

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