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PQ election shooter: Jesus sent me

The accused Quebec election night shooter is being sent for a psychiatric evaluation to determine if he's fit to stand trial.

Richard Henry Bain appeared briefly in a Montreal courtroom today, launching into a lengthy diatribe about being sent on a mission by Jesus Christ to rid Quebec of a separatist problem.

After the comments, a judge hearing the case agreed an assessment was necessary.

Bain's legal-aid attorney told reporters it has been impossible to prepare a defence for him.

The fishing-lodge owner faces 16 charges, including first-degree murder; three counts of attempted murder; arson; and a number of weapons charges stemming from the Sept. 4 incident where two people were shot and one was killed.

The deceased, Denis Blanchette, a 48-year-old stagehand at the PQ's victory rally, was shot outside Montreal's Metropolis concert hall.

Premier Pauline Marois told a television show earlier this week she believes she may have been the target of a political assassination attempt on election night.

The premier had previously said little about the Sept. 4 events.

The Canadian Press

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