Tommy Bouchard-Lebrun v. Her Majesty the Queen – May 16, 2011
The appellant is raising the defence of mental disorder to appeal his conviction of aggravated assault and assault.
Bouchard-Lebrun had taken drugs and then broke into an apartment building with a friend to attack one of the residents, Dany Lévesque. A neighbour, Roger Dumas, tried to help Lévesque, but Bouchard-Lebrun punched him, pushed him down the stairs and kicked his head several times.
Bouchard-Lebrun, who was 20 years old at the time of the incident in 2005, argues that he was in a state of psychosis. He was convicted of aggravated assault and assault, but was acquitted of break and enter and attempted break and enter. The trial judge and the Quebec Court of Appeal found that the psychosis had been caused by Bouchard-Lebrun’s drug use.