The Sisters of Providence forgive a slain nun's murderer

Carol Roach By Carol Roach, 30th Jan 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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In August of 2007 Montrealers were in total shock when they heard that a 79-year-old nun was beaten to death by one of the very people she was trying to help. What kind of maniac could do this sort of thing, many Montrealers wondered?


Though all vicious murders are horrible, there is just something more shocking and more revolting when the victim is a child or an elderly person. Then to add the fact that it was a woman who dedicated her life to serving God and serving the Montreal community make it even worst. No one could fathom what kind of person could do such a thing.

Sister Estelle Lauzon's murderer

Sister Estelle Lauzon worked at the Sisters of Providence Convent on Fullum Street and her murderer was a resident of the halfway house by the name of Martin Rondeau. Rondeau was known to have a history of mental illness though what type of mental illness was never reported to the public at the time.

After the murder Rondeau was incarcerated at the Institut Phillipe-Pinel de Montreal in Rivieres des Prairies during his pre-trial. Pinel is an institution for the mentally ill who commit crimes. Rondeau was suffering from bipolar disorder. However, the psychiatrists and criminologists observed that he also suffered from very violent epileptic seizures. Even the inmates and staff would attest to the violent attacks he suffered through the night.

The legal system

Quebec Superior Court Justice, Guy Cournoyer, took all this information into consideration when he ruled that Rondeau would not be held criminally responsible for the death due to his medical and psychiatric condition.

The crown prosecutor Louis Bouthillier, stated that it is very rare that epileptics attack others during an attack. However, the psychiatrists at Pinel Institute state that it was very likely Lauzon was having one when he killed Sister Lauzon. Bouthillier is satisfied with this conclusion.

Though Rondeau will not be held criminally responsible, he will most likely remain in the psychiatric hospital. That is, if he does not recover from his epilepsy and bipolar disorder. If his epilepsy and mental illness can be kept under control then he may be free to rejoin the community.


What do Montrealers think of the outcome of the trial proceedings? It is most probably a mixed bag of opinions. However, the Sisters of Providence have forgiven him for the murder of their beloved sister in the faith, Estelle Lauzon.

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30th Jan 2015 (#)

Owh! it's sad to heard that.
It's people who are not callous and he would do a thing that are not civilized to another person who tried to help him. I don't think discharged with a person like that.
Thank you for sharing this great news.

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