Defence says media created ‘uphill battle’ for accused woman

robin kuniski/for metro calgary


Dale Prevost leads family members from the Calgary courthouse yesterday afternoon, after hearing the guilty verdict handed down to Natalie Pasqua, accused of killing 17-year-old Gage Prevost by shoving him into the path of a moving downtown C-Train.

Pleased with the guilty verdict handed down to his 17-year-old son’s killer, it still didn’t do anything to fill the tremendous hole left in Dale Prevost’s anguished heart.

"It doesn’t bring Gage back, but there’s some, some justice," a choked up Prevost said, tears welling in his blood-shot eyes.

"Gage will never get the opportunity to cry. I didn’t feel sorry for (Pasqua) at all, I’m glad I heard it. My son doesn’t ever get to cry. Ever."

Natalie Pasqua, 27, was found guilty of second-degree murder yesterday for shoving Gage Prevost in front of a C-Train in August of 2007.

During the trial, jurors heard Pasqua claim that Prevost accidentally fell in front of the C-Train as the two traded blows in a consensual fight on a downtown LRT platform.

Friends of both the accused and the deceased said the altercation arose from a $10 crack deal gone wrong, although fingers pointed both ways as to who was responsible for the rip-off.

A graphic video caught images of Prevost being pinned between the train and the platform and defence lawyer Andre Ouellette thought the video would act in their favour, but may instead have had the opposite affect.

"I thought the video, if anything, was more helpful to Ms. Pasqua than to the Crown," Ouellette said. "Now, the problem is, we see what we want to see."

It took the eight-man and four-woman jury just two and a half hours to hand down its verdict — met with a gasp of relief from Prevost’s family and friends at Court of Queen’s Bench after the eight-day trial.

Pasqua sat hunched over and sobbing into her hands as the verdict was handed down.

The accused’s defence said sensational journalism and a rise in violence has left Calgarians increasingly sensitive and created an instant uphill battle for his client.

"For all that there is a presumption of innocence, the jury, like the rest of us, all of us, are subliminally influenced by what we hear and see all the time," Ouellette said.

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