The hearing of the appeal of the sentence of Alexandre Bissonnette will take place only at the beginning of the year 2020.
The lawyers of the Grand Mosque killer as well as the prosecutors of the DPCP and the Attorney General of Quebec were convened this morning by the Court of Appeal for a first management conference, in order to set certain guidelines for the proceedings.
It should be noted that Alexandre Bissonnette, who was convicted of six first-degree murders and attempted murder on 40 people, was sentenced by the Superior Court on February 8 to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for 40 years.
The defense is appealing to reduce the sentence to at least 25 years, as for all first degree murderers. For their part, the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DPCP) and the QMP believe that Judge François Huot should have allowed the accumulation of sentences and that Bissonnette deserves to be incarcerated for a minimum of 50 years.
The three parties will have until September 13 to produce their brief as appellant then, 30 additional days to respond to the briefs of the other parties.
The Coordinating Judge of the Court of Appeal, Dominique Bélanger, has frowned at the long delay. She ended up accepting, as stenographic notes of representations on the sentence in Superior Court will not be available before the end of May.
At the earliest, the hearing of the appeal will take place in mid-January 2020. A specific date will be fixed in the coming weeks. The audition could be held on more than one day.
Alexandre Bissonnette was not present at the courthouse. It will not be any more throughout the proceedings, as is the case for all cases in the Court of Appeal.