Accused separatist rally shooter tells court he's a 'Christian soldier'

Richard Henry Bain. (QMI Agency, file)

Richard Henry Bain. (QMI Agency, file)

Giuseppe Valiante, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:41 PM ET

MONTREAL - Richard Henry Bain, charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of a stage technician at a political rally in September, called himself a "Christian soldier" Friday in court.

Immediately after entering the courtroom, Bain, 62, ignored the judge and his lawyer and began ranting about how he was "chosen by God ... to bring peace to the English and French in Quebec."

After Bain's rant, Judge Robert Marchi accepted Bain's lawyer's request that her client undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine if Bain is fit to stand trial.

The fishing-lodge owner faces 16 charges in the death of Denis Blanchette, 48, outside the Metropolis club on Sept. 4 as Parti Quebecois Leader Pauline Marois was giving her election victory speech inside.


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