Bathurst police officers will not stand trial for shooting death of Tracadie businessman
Cheers erupted from a packed courtroom Friday afternoon as the judge gave her decision in the case of two Bathurst police officers charged in the shooting death of Tracadie business Michel Vienneau nearly two years ago.
Judge Anne Dugas-Horseman ruled the Crown failed to meet the threshold of evidence required to order Constables Patrick Bulger and Mathieu Boudreau to stand trial on charges of manslaughter, assault with a weapon, and unlawfully pointing a firearm.
The two constables wept as Judge Dugas-Horseman gave her decision, while Crown prosecutor Stephen Holt said Vienneau's family is devastated.
Though pleased with the decision, attorney Brian Munro who represented Constable Bulger, said it's not a day for celebration.
He said the events that unfolded near the Bathurst train station in Jan. 2015 led to a man tragically losing his life, and that there's no joy in such a situation.
But Munro said Bulger is relieved and the hopes he, along with Boudreau, are able to move forward.
Munro says he was not surprised by Judge Dugas-Horseman's decision and said it was one that was well thought out.
A publication ban on evidence remains in place.
It's not yet known if the officers will return to active duty any time soon.
The City of Bathurst says it is a police matter and will not be offering comment. We've reached out to the Bathurst Police Force comment.