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Published On: Mon, Aug 13th, 2018

Canada: Christopher Garnier wants to be released from prison for Catherine Campbell murder, it gave him PTSD

It a bizarre twist, a murderer in Canada is actively seeking release for murdering a female policeman in 2015 due to PTSD – cause by his murder of the woman.

In September 2015, Christopher Garnier, 30, met Truro officer Catherine Campbell, 36, at a bar in Halifax, then went with her to a McCully Street apartment.

Once there, Garnier strangled Campbell in a “gruesome way, in that it would not have been quick and immediate. Her nose was broken; the cartilage in her neck was broken. He moved her body and concealed numerous pieces of evidence, some of which was never recovered.”

Catherine Campbell

Prosecutors noted that Garnier was training to become a firefighter, but never called 911 and did not attempt CPR.

Garnier then dumped her body into a compost bin near a harbor bridge. He told the jury he didn’t recall using the bin to dispose of Campbell’s body; it lay there undiscovered for five days.

Garnier was convicted of the crime last December, triggering an automatic life sentence, but on Monday a hearing will be held to decide when he can apply for parole.

Garnier had argued Campbell died accidentally during rough sex.

Garnier’s attorney Joel Pink said Garnier was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder by Dr. Stephen Hucker, who was hired by the defense team, as well as the psychologist currently treating him. Hucker told the court that Garnier suffered from acute stress disorder immediately following Campbell’s death.

“The testimony of Dr. Hucker clearly indicates that there is a strong link between Mr. Garnier’s illness and his interference with human remains; therefore, it should be considered a mitigating factor in his sentencing (on that charge),” Pink said in his submissions to Justice Joshua Arnold.

“Courts have consistently held that a sentencing court’s application to the principles of sentencing will be influenced by the presence of a mental illness. In such circumstances, the primary concern in sentencing shifts to treatment as the best means of ensuring the protection of the public and that the offending conduct is not repeated.”

Pink argues Garnier should serve 10 years behind bars — 10 years for the second-degree murder charge and two years for interfering with a dead body, with the sentences to be served concurrently.

He said Garnier should be on the lower end of that spectrum because he has been described as a “kind, caring person” who has shown remorse for the killing, which Garnier has argued happened accidentally during rough sex. The lawyer also included 31 letters of support from friends and family.

More at the Chronicle Herald HERE

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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