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Justin Bourque statement to RCMP offers glimpse of his thinking

10/27/2014 02:10 EDT | Updated 12/27/2014 05:59 EST
Justin Bourque told RCMP investigators he wasn't familiar with the wooded area where he eluded a police manhunt for more than 24 hours after killing three RCMP officers and wounding two others on the evening of June 4.

"It was where the road took me, I guess," Bourque tells RCMP in his statement to police after being placed under arrested for the killings.

​Bouque said he had some cheese sandwiches and two granola bars with him during the manhunt. He drank water from a hose.

"I was thinking about not getting caught," Bourque says. "Cover and conceal."

Bourque appeared calm and relaxed as he gave his statement to RCMP.

The videotaped statement given to police is being played at Bourque's sentencing hearing in Moncton and gives the first glimpse of what was going through his mind at the time of the killings.

After telling the investigator about a home-schooled upbringing in a strict Catholic household, Bourque is asked if he has good morals. He replies, "I think so."

Bourque is then asked what caused things to happen.

"A lot has to do with ignorance and socialism," Bourque replies.

Bourque, who says at one point he "feels like s--t" and hasn't slept in two days, rambles at times early in the interview. He talks about caged human beings, the rule of tyrants, living behind the black curtain, the suicide rate in Moncton, unfairness in society, self-righteous rich people, hoof-and-mouth syndrome and a lack of personal freedom in Canada.

10 victim impact statements

As those in the packed courtroom watched the videos, some of the victims and RCMP officers shook their heads.

Earlier Monday, the sentencing hearing heard 10 victim impact statements and a detailed timeline of events from the night of June 4, when Bourque shot and killed three RCMP officers and wounded two others.

Bourque subsequently pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder.

The Crown is seeking three consecutive live terms, which would leave Bourque not eligible for parole for 75 years. That would be the longest prison sentence in Canadian history.

Although defence counsel David Lutz has yet to present his arguments on sentencing, Crown prosecutor Cameron Gunn indicated in his opening remarks Monday that the defence would be seeking a reduction of 25 to 50 years in exchange for Bourque pleading guilty.

'Tortured'

Bourque's statement was given to RCMP in Sackville, where he was incarcerated after his arrest.

Asked in the video if he had been treated fairly, Bourque says he was, but complains of treatment at the hands of the SWAT team when he was arrested.

"I was tortured for 10 minutes before getting in the cop car," he said. "Once in the cop car, they treated me good."

Bourque says he grew up in a strict Catholic family with five sisters and a brother and was home schooled. He says he spent his time growing up working and playing video games.

"My mother is absolutely dogmatic into religion," said Bourque. "My father is more relaxed."

Bourque said he left his parent's home to "develop a free mind."


 

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