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Suspect in Quebec City sword attack will undergo psychiatric evaluation

Police cars block the Saint-Louis Street near the Chateau Frontenac, early Sunday, November 1, 2020 in Quebec City. A man wearing medieval clothed was arrested. Two people are dead and five people were injured after they were stabbed. The suspect in the attack will be undergoing a psychiatric evaluation. Friday, Nov. 20, 2020.
Police cars block the Saint-Louis Street near the Chateau Frontenac, early Sunday, November 1, 2020 in Quebec City. A man wearing medieval clothed was arrested. Two people are dead and five people were injured after they were stabbed. The suspect in the attack will be undergoing a psychiatric evaluation. Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press

The 24-year-old man accused of first-degree murder in the Quebec City Halloween night sword attack will undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Carl Girouard’s lawyer, Benoit Labrecque, told Quebec court Judge Sarah-Julie Chicoine Friday the report on his client’s mental health should be ready when the case returns to court Jan. 26.

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Girouard will remain detained until then.

Prosecutor François Godin told the court about 90 per cent of the evidence against Girouard has been disclosed to the defence.

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Girouard is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder after a man dressed in a medieval costume and wielding a Japanese-style sword went on a rampage Oct. 31 in Quebec City’s historic district.

The people killed were François Duchesne, 56, a museum employee, and Suzanne Clermont, 61, a hairdresser, and the four surviving victims whose identities are public are Rémy Bélanger de Beauport, Gilberto Porras, Lisa Mahmoud and Pierre Lagrevol.

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