This news article from the Times and Transcript newspaper(based in Moncton,New Brunswick,Canada) came out today.
The article is titled “Accused in python deaths case appears in court” –written by Tim Jaques of The Tribune from Campbellton,New Brunswick,Canada.
Jean-Claude Savoie, accused of criminal negligence causing the death of two Campbellton boys in 2013,appeared in the court of Queen’s Bench in Campbellton on Thurs day to listen to a pretrial motion in the case brought against him.
Arguing the motion before Justice Frederick P. Ferguson were his lawyers,Les Matchim and Mikael Bernard, and Crown prosecutor Pierre F. Roussel.
The motion,however,is subject to a sweeping pretrial publication ban that forbids publication not only of any mention of what evidence was tendered and what was argued, but also what the motion is for and any reasons for the judge’s decision, prior to the conclusion of the case.
Information released to the media by RCMP immediately after the deaths alleged that a 45-kilogram African rock python escaped an enclosure in Savoie’s apartment in Campbellton during the early morning hours of August 5,2013. Connor,6, and Noah,4, were in the apartment on a sleepover visiting Savoie’s son.
RCMP said at the time that they believe the snake asphyxiated the boys as they slept.
Savoie owned an exotic pets business downstairs from the apartment,called Reptile Ocean,which did not reopen after the incident.
The Department of Natural Resources with the assistance of outside experts seized animals,mostly reptiles,from the scene.
Savoie,who is living in the Montreal area,had not been present at previous court hearings.
He sported long hair and a short beard,wore a blue shirt and jeans,and appeared to be listening attentively from his front row seat. He entered and left on the lobby elevator with his lawyers,whose office is in the courthouse building.
The boys’ parents, Mandy Trecartin and Andrew Barthe,were not present,but their grandparents,Ernest and Linda Barthe,listened from a second-row seat.
The motion did not conclude on Thursday as scheduled,and will resume Friday at 1:30 pm. it is likely that Justice Ferguson will reserve any decision.
The case is scheduled for a judge-and-jury trial from Oct. 31 to Nov. 10.
More news updates to follow once available.