Jury is sequestered in Randy Tshilumba murder trial

Jury is sequestered in Randy Tshilumba murder trial
Jury is sequestered in Randy Tshilumba murder trial

Jury has four possible verdicts: first-degree murder, second-degree murder, manslaughter or that Tshilumba was not criminally responsible when he stabbed Clémence Beaulieu-Patry

Published on: October 17, 2017 | Last Updated: October 17, 2017 6:25 PM EDT

Photo entered as evidence in the murder trial of Randy Tshilumba show a Maxi grocery story where Clémence Beaulieu-Patry was fatally stabbed April 10, 2016. SPVM

The jury that began hearing evidence in the murder trial of Randy Tshilumba is now sequestered, after having heard evidence over the course of more than five weeks. 

Superior Court Justice Hélène Di Salvo declared the jury sequestered Tuesday afternoon after delivering her final instructions to the five women and seven men over the course of two days. The jury has been given the option of four possible verdicts: first-degree murder, second-degree murder, manslaughter or that Tshilumba was not criminally responsible for his actions when he stabbed Clémence Beaulieu-Patry repeatedly on April 10, 2016. Tshilumba attended the same high school as the victim but they barely knew each other. He killed her at her place of work in front of a few stunned witnesses who were shopping at the Maxi supermarket where it happened. 

Di Salvo described the trial one that involved highly emotional testimony, from both sides, and thanked the jury for its professionalism. She also said she was impressed with the many questions the jury asked during the trial, in particular when Tshilumba testified in his defence. The accused’s lawyers argued Tshilumba was delusional when he killed the young woman and was not able to distinguish the difference between right and wrong.

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