The Luka Magnotta Hearing Finished Early Today0
The preliminary hearing for Luka Magnotta finished earlier than usual today after the relatively short testimony of six witnesses, including a forensic pathologist, a dentist and a Canada Post employee.
The longest testimony was from Yann Dazé, a forensic pathologist who has participated in 800 autopsies in his career, followed by Catherine Lavallée, a forensic toxicologist who examines organs for traces of drugs, and dentist Sachin Paranjape. The last witness before the lunch break was Marie Josée Perron, a forensic odontologist, who analyzes dental remains.
Magnotta sat in the prisoner’s box today, his eyes closed as documents were shown on a screen. By the afternoon, he was wearing a dark blue ski jacket with the collar pulled up around his neck. At times, he appeared to be dozing off.
Several people, including law students, showed up hours before the courtroom door opened to watch the proceedings, now in its second week. There are only 24 seats available, nine of which are reserved for journalists.
In the afternoon, Tomo Kazu Le, a Canada Post employee, as well as René Tremblay, an assistant manager from a Jean Coutu pharmacy in Côte des Neiges, testified.
Crown prosecutor Louis Bouthillier said he will call five more witnesses from Montreal, as well as some from Ottawa and Vancouver and two from Europe. The preliminary hearing, which is a procedure to determine if there is enough evidence to go to trial, is to last this week as well as the week of April 8.
The media will be able to publicize the evidence and proceedings during the trial.