I read in today’s article written by James Mallory of the paper called THE NORTHERN LIGHT regarding former reptile shop owner Jean-Claude Savoie, the prime suspect in this ongoing case of the 2 brothers Connor(6 yrs old) and Noah Barthe(4 yrs old) having died from strangulation by a 45 kg African rock python (owned by Mr. Savoie.)on Aug. 5, 2013 in his apartment above the now closed reptile shop. He faces a single charge of criminal negligence causing death which carries a maximum life sentence.
The preliminary inquiry is scheduled today until Nov. 27,2015. His lawyer Leslie Matchim said that his client Mr. Savoie will not attend such hearing due to a specific order requested by the client and which was approved bu the judge(Brigitte)Sivret.
The preliminary inquiry will be held in Campbellton provincial court. If enough evidence is found to go to trial, the case will then be sent to the Court of Queen’s Bench. only then will the client enter a plea.
Last April 2015,Mr. Savoie elected for a jury trial.
Last June 2015, a task force appointed by the provincial govt in light of this case,called for immediate inspection of all exotic animal stores and better regulation enforcement of exotic species.
Will post more details as they become more available.