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Accused did not intend to kill police officer, court hears

Mar 03 2012

Mary Douglas Hunt wiped away tears and moved closer into her husband's arms Friday as the Crown replayed a video of their daughter being stabbed outside the 7-Eleven on Jan. 17, 2011.

"Const. Lane Douglas Hunt went to a perfectly ordinary shoplifting complaint and was dragged into the fight of her life," prosecutor Steve Fudge said in his closing submissions at Guy Hervé Séguin's attempted murder trial in B.C. Supreme Court.

As the video played, the jury watched Douglas Hunt holding the door open for Séguin, who attacks her.

"Const. [Douglas] Hunt testified she caught a glimpse of a knife and instantly moved to block Mr. Séguin's right hand. Her earring was torn out and she felt a prick at her neck," Fudge said.

"There is only one intent of the sweeping, arcing blow. It is not a punch, a grab or a slap. It is a clear and obvious attempt to stab a police officer in the neck. And a person who intends to stab a person in the neck intends to cause death."

Fudge urged the jury to find that Séguin intended to kill Douglas Hunt and is therefore guilty of attempted murder.

Séguin followed Douglas Hunt into the 7-Eleven, glanced around to see where she was, left the store and waited outside for nine minutes, said Fudge. Douglas Hunt suffered a laceration to her left ear lobe, two lacerations to the left side of her neck and a knife wound to her right hand. The deep knife wound to her left hand — the tendon attached to her left thumb was severed — probably occurred when she blocked the first swing, said the prosecutor.

Séguin told Staff. Sgt. Scott McGregor that he saw a cop and he'd had enough. Séguin told an undercover operator placed in his cells that night he wanted to kill the officer, said Fudge.

But, said Fudge, it's Séguin's own words that remove all doubt of his intent to kill the 25-year-old officer: "I'm going to kill you, bitch."

Two other witnesses testified they heard Séguin threaten to kill Douglas Hunt.

"Mr. Séguin intended to kill a police officer, firm in his belief that the badge must die," Fudge said. "He wanted to kill whomever was wearing the uniform."

Defence lawyer Jordan Watt invited the jury to convict Séguin of lesser offences such as assault causing bodily harm or aggravated assault.

"Doubt clearly exists that Mr. Séguin did not have a specific intent to kill this officer," Watt said.

He pointed to inconsistencies in evidence from the Crown witnesses.

"Some hear 'I'll kill you.' Others don't," Watt said. "Some see a hook, a hug, a headlock. You can't rely on their evidence."

Watt suggested Douglas Hunt reconstructed the event to fit the charges. The officer could not remember whether Séguin grabbed her face with both of his hands or just one. "This evidence should concern you. How could you trust her memory on anything?" Watt said.

Not one witness saw the knife in Séguin's hand when they were standing outside the store. No one saw the stab to her neck. No one saw the continuous stabbing motion described by Douglas Hunt, Watt said.

He reminded the jury that Douglas Hunt told police she had grabbed the knife with her hands and could not say for sure how she got the injury on the back of her hand.

"It's clear Mr. Séguin is angry and frustrated and he reacted when he saw Const. Douglas Hunt. But he did not have the specific intent to kill the officer," Watt said.

The jury is to return to court Tuesday to receive final instructions from Justice Keith Bracken. They will be sequestered and begin their deliberations.

ldickson@timescolonist.com

SEGUIN'S DEALINGS WITH VICTORIA POLICE

Admissions of fact read into the court record at Guy Hervé Séguin's attempted murder trial in B.C. Supreme Court indicate he had problems with the Victoria Police Department and believed he had endured beatings.

The admissions, signed by defence lawyer Jordan Watt and prosecutor Steve Fudge, show Séguin filed a complaint with the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner alleging excessive force by an officer on July 16, 2009. The incident took place outside the Victoria police station and was investigated by Victoria police.

On Feb. 8, 2010, Séguin sent an email to the Victoria Police Department alleging excessive force by three officers on Dec. 22, 2009. The incident was alleged to have taken place in a police van and at the department. The email was sent to the Attorney General, the Governor General of Canada, the mayor of Victoria and the Commissioner of Police.

On Aug. 16, 2010, Séguin filed a registered complaint with the Police Complaint Commissioner regarding the incident on Dec. 22, 2009. An investigation was initiated on Sept. 30, 2010. The complaint was investigated by Victoria police.

Sgt. Chris Spargo was involved in the investigation of the Dec. 22, 2009, complaint. He spoke to Séguin a number of times over the phone in an attempt to arrange a face-to-face interview. Séguin told Spargo he was reluctant to go the detachment because he believed he would be beaten by police.

The admissions also show that, on the day of his arrest, Séguin inquired a number of times about the condition of the police officer he wounded. He was told before

9 p.m. that the officer was going to be OK.

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