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Title: Nina Coutrepatte - Murdered - Solved
Post by: Adrian on April 01, 2007, 03:40:30 AM


http://edmsun.canoe.ca/News/Edmonton/2007/04/01/3887721-sun.html

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Nina Courtepatte, who was slain by a group of teens and two adults, is fighting back. A strong woman, this lady is working with other families of slain kids. I signed her petition to up the penalty's for young offenders involved in violent crimes

Laboucan was charged and sent to jail for I think life. He was 19 at the time. Briscoe was mid thirties. He got off!!!! Scott free, this sucker got off, crazy, cruel, and unbelieveable. Now there are about three teens coming up, will have to see what happens then. Nina was 13, when she and a friend lured from West Ed Mall, to go to a bush party..

She ended up on a golf course, after being brutally raped, and beaten with a wrench, and kicked, and other girls were hurting her also. Jealosy? After the slaying, Laboucan wanted to hunt another, for the adrenalin rush. Nina's friend stayed with them, out of fear, Peacha told me.

WHY was Briscoe let go? Why did he keep these kids, and not go to authorities right away? It doesn't make sence at all. I support Peacha ALL THE WAY!

PS It was at the "Finding Dawn" film, where we met the 3 stw's who appeared either wired, or scared. They said they were NOT allowed to sign any petition. One was crying as she fled. They were looking around, scared, by one of the "help the stws' groups.I wonder if any of them were used in the drug testing for the police. Unpaid, had to buy their own drugs, and no pay, yeah right.!!!

I remember taking part in a smoking survey, with tons of questions, took thirty minutes, and we were paid cash. $35.00 dollars. This at an inner city drop in.I was volunteering.
Title: Re: Nina Coutrepatte - Murdered - Solved
Post by: Chris on April 30, 2007, 09:34:48 PM
EDMONTON (CP) - A 19-year-old woman may have helped kidnap and rape Nina Courtepatte, but was guilty of manslaughter and not murder in the 13-year-old girl's appalling death, a judge ruled Monday.

Judge June Ross ruled the accused, who can't be named because she was only 17 at the time, left the fourth-hole fairway of the Edmonton-area golf course before Nina's fatal beating began - early enough to signal to the others there she wanted no further part of it.

"Just as a principal offender can have a change of heart, so can an aider and abettor," said Ross in giving her oral judgment.

"(The accused) did more than leave. She communicated to everyone present she was leaving and she said that she was leaving."

The accused, who had just finished holding Nina's arms down as she was raped, left the scene to take care of Nina's friend, who had also been lured to the deserted fairway in the early hours of April 3, 2005, by the promise of a party.

"She told them this and said she was taking (Nina's friend) to the car because she was cold, and she didn't need to see this."

The accused was also found guilty of kidnapping and sexual assault.

Ross's ruling was greeted with silence in the crowded courtroom. Nina's mother, Peacha Atkinson, who attended every day of the trial as well as that of two previous defendants in the case, left the courtroom in tears.

Ross accepted the Crown's argument the accused knew two days before the slaying that Joseph Laboucan - already convicted of first-degree murder in Nina's death - planned to kill someone and that she helped Laboucan convince Nina and her friend to join them even though she knew there was no party.


Ross also accepted evidence that the accused was the first to hit Nina - a blow to the head with a wrench.

But that blow wasn't part of the final sledgehammer fusillade that ended the young girl's life, Ross ruled. The accused's role up to that point made her guilty of manslaughter, but not first-degree murder.

"My client went, 'No, I'm not going to stay here, I'm not going to participate any further,' " said defence lawyer Colleen Connolly.

Nina's family had no comment after the verdict.

Connolly said her client was relieved, but remorseful.

"She is still very unhappy about any part she played in what's taken place here and the loss of Nina's life.

"Someone's lost their life here. My client was present while some of those events started to take place and she's felt that burden very heavily."

The woman now faces a July 16 hearing to determine whether she will be sentenced as a youth or an adult. There is no minimum sentence for manslaughter.

She will also undergo a psychiatric assessment before the hearing. Court heard during the trial the woman suffers from fetal alcohol syndrome disorder.

One youth has already pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the April 2005 slaying, while Laboucan of Fort St. John, B.C., was sentenced to life in prison for his role. A second man, Michael Briscoe of Edmonton, was acquitted. He told police he was simply swept along in the events.

Laboucan is appealing his conviction, while the Crown is appealing Briscoe's acquittal.

Reports from the Laboucan-Briscoe trial horrified Edmonton with their brutality. The trials have also exposed an ugly underside of youth culture, with tales of aimless "mall rat" life drifting from dine-and-dash jobs in fast-food restaurants to sex in mall parking lots and dabbling in the occult.

A third trial of another underage female was scheduled to begin Tuesday.

Title: Re: Nina Coutrepatte - Murdered - Solved
Post by: Adrian on April 30, 2007, 11:30:02 PM


Reports from the Laboucan-Briscoe trial horrified Edmonton with their brutality. The trials have also exposed an ugly underside of youth culture, with tales of aimless "mall rat" life drifting from dine-and-dash jobs in fast-food restaurants to sex in mall parking lots and dabbling in the occult.

A third trial of another underage female was scheduled to begin Tuesday.
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How did this girl get guilty of manslaughter, and Briscoe, get off? It doesn't make sence. There was, what 3 juviniles, and 1 adults, plus Nina's friend? This was at the time of the slaying, Laboucan became an adult while in custody.Briscoe    held her down, told her to keep quiet, drove the car, knew where he was going, and what was going on. He was a 35 year old man, going with a 17 year old.

I really hope that Briscoe is re tried, and all participants, get incarcerated.

I wouldn't mind, there being a survey done into how many young people dabble into the occult? I remember a passing phase of the ouji board.Had to be about 12 or so, scared ourselves silly. I wonder about now, if kids are getting to more sophisticated stuff, and holding ceromonies, and killing small animals for sacrifice, and chanting, etc...witches spells, how to place a hex on someone, trying to bring harm to others, wishing others to die?

It is a scary thought for sure... >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: Nina Coutrepatte - Murdered - Solved
Post by: Adrian on May 01, 2007, 02:28:18 PM
Carol sent me this, an update::::I wonder how much time she will get for manslaughter? Some of this group admittedly practiced, satanic stuff. I wonder, and I am NOT kidding, if they did more.I also wonder if Laboucan, and Briscoe ever went to the Piggy Palace?

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Not Guilty of Murdering Nina Courtepatte
Apr, 30 2007 - 3:20 PM

EDMONTON/630CHED - A judge says a 19-year-old woman charged in the April 2005 beating death of Nina Courtepatte is not guilty of first-degree murder, but she is guilty of manslaughter.

The judge earlier found the young offender guilty of kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault. There's no minimum sentence for manslaughter, so sentencing will be an issue.

Sentencing arguments are set for July 16th.

13-year-old Courtepatte was taken from West Edmonton Mall in April 2005 by a group of people, her body found on a golf course west of the city shortly after.

One man's been found guilty of first degree murder (though he wants to appeal) while another young offender's pleaded guilty to the same charge and is yet to be sentenced. A judge found another man innocent of all charges, and the crown is appealing that aquittal. There's one more young woman to face trial.
Title: Re: Nina Coutrepatte - Murdered - Solved
Post by: Adrian on May 02, 2007, 12:48:16 AM
http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Edmonton/2007/05/01/4144159-sun.html
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 A 19-year-old city woman was convicted of manslaughter, not first-degree murder, yesterday for her role in the chilling sex slaying of 13-year-old Nina Courtepatte.

The teen, who cannot be named because she was 17 at the time of the April 3, 2005, slaying on a golf course west of Edmonton, was also convicted of being a party to kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault.

Courtepatte's mother, Peacha Atkinson, left the packed courtroom in tears while the teen, who is slated to be sentenced July 16, cried quietly and wiped away tears from her eyes as she sat with her head bowed in the prisoner's box.

Court of Queen's Bench Justice June Ross ruled the woman was not guilty of first-degree murder because she had a "change of intent" when she communicated to the other accused that she was leaving the scene to take Courtepatte's friend to the car they were travelling in.

However, the judge ruled the "defence of abandonment" did not help the teen avoid a manslaughter conviction because she had "aided and abetted" other accused in several unlawful dangerous acts that she could have known could lead to the risk of bodily harm to Courtepatte.

"It was too late. The unlawful act was already done," said Ross, referring to the teen hitting Courtepatte in the head with a wrench prior to the victim being raped and killed.

The other acts were the teen helping convicted ringleader Joe Laboucan kidnap Courtepatte and her friend from West Edmonton Mall on a ruse of going to a bush party, and holding down Courtepatte while she was raped.

Laboucan, 21, was earlier convicted of first-degree murder in the slaying and sentenced to life in prison with no parole for 25 years. He is appealing the conviction.

Ross convicted the teen of being a party to kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault based on her admissions to her former adopted mother.

During the trial, court heard the teen had admitted to her foster mom that she had known of Laboucan's plan to kill somebody for several days and played along when he invited the girls at the mall to go to the fictitious party.

As well, the teen told her adopted mother that she had held down Courtepatte's arms while she was being raped.

The teen, despite being a youth at the time of the killing, will be sentenced as an adult unless her lawyer launches an application to have her sentenced as a young offender.

The judge ordered a pre-sentence report and a psychiatric examination on the teen, who court has heard suffers from fetal alcohol syndrome disorder.
Title: Re: Nina Coutrepatte - Murdered - Solved
Post by: Adrian on May 06, 2007, 02:27:15 PM


Now if we could only get Briscoe retried for the murder of Nina Courtepatte. It is a terrible injustice that this guy walks. He KNEWwhat was going down, drove the car, went to the supposed "right" spot, and held her down, I believe at one time. All that were involved in the killing of this child should serve some heavy time.

To me, this was a premeditated swarming, of a young girl, for the sole purpose of killing her.I also think the gals involved were jealous of her popularity, and beauty, and goals she had set for herself. Just my opinion.

I also wonder if Briscoe and Laboucan did others we don't know about yet???
Title: Re: Nina Coutrepatte - Murdered - Solved
Post by: Chris on May 08, 2007, 06:35:38 PM
Yes Adrain, it was predmeditated. All are guilty and the judges who treat this as though it was no big deal make me sick.

Remember, a judge threw famers in jail for a couple of months for selling wheat to Americans. The judge wanted to 'Send a message'. BUt those same judges are sending a different message here by saying 'You can get away with murder if you can make people feel sorry foryou'.
Title: Re: Nina Coutrepatte - Murdered - Solved
Post by: Chris on May 08, 2007, 07:28:53 PM
I have no idea why killers like this are offered so much mercy from the judges. It is mind boggling. I understand wanting to offer young people hope and rehab and second chance, but on the other hand, they are cold blooded killers who did this and they do deserve to treated as such.

THere is this myth that you have to be free to be rehabilitated when I think that prison can be more effective at this. I am sure many youth know they can kill and get soft treatment so they don't consider the consequences.

Poor mothers and fathers who have to watch judges slap cold blooded murderers on the wrist.
Title: Re: Nina Coutrepatte - Murdered - Solved
Post by: Adrian on September 20, 2007, 02:33:24 PM
I wasn't sure where to put this, as couldn't find the link to this killing. Sorry.
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 Muriel Stanley Venne says throwing the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women's support behind Nina's Dreams was a no-brainer.

"The pain Peacha (Atkinson, murder victim Nina Courtepatte's mother) has had to endure is overwhelming," said Stanley Venne, the IAAW's president. "The incredible hurt was there, but somehow she has been able to remain strong."

In April 2005, Nina, 13, was lured from West Edmonton Mall by a group of people who had randomly selected her to be killed. She was savagely beaten, raped and left for dead.

Now Atkinson and the IAAW are launching Nina's Dreams, a fund to help kids who can't afford to participate in the arts and sports, and to help the families of murder victims pay for funerals for their loved ones.

Nina's Dreams will kick off at a bring-your-own-food picnic Sunday at Borden Park, beginning at noon. Stephanie Harpe's band, Soulful Underground, is among the performers.
PS ANYONE who wants to put this where it should be is welcome. THX.
Title: Re: Nina Coutrepatte - Murdered - Solved
Post by: Carol-Lynn on October 31, 2007, 09:37:54 AM
This was a happy day But at the sametime very very hard one. :( ???
Title: Re: Nina Coutrepatte - Murdered - Solved
Post by: Chris on October 31, 2007, 10:48:56 AM
I got to admin, I did not think they would give him what amounts to 10 years. It is quite low stlil considering, but I really thought it would be 3 - 5 years because judges tend to do that.

So are there any people left to be sentenced? Has anyone heard of the guy who was aquited is going to face trial again?
Title: Re: Nina Coutrepatte - Murdered - Solved
Post by: Adrian on October 31, 2007, 01:53:51 PM


Hopefully Briscoe, will be re tried, for his part in the slaying of Nina. He drove the car, he went to the golf course, he held her down, and told her to shut up, when she screamed.I think he is being watched.
Title: Re: Nina Coutrepatte - Murdered - Solved
Post by: Adrian on November 01, 2007, 07:34:27 AM


I sure am glad, the Crown is appealing the Non sentance, and let him go. At least the judge. Why? Everyone else doing time, and he is walking, a time bomb.

If he is a follower, who knows who has him in their grips now. He knew what he was doing, no doubt about it.This man drove the car, went to the mall, helped look for the 'chosen 'one, then drove to a specific location on the golf course, then held her down, and told her to quit screaming, while she was being tortured and raped.

Now, would any of you want him for a neighbour???I think he was let go, because, he will attract more weirdoes, and    he is just as capable to do any more crimes. On appeal, I bet he goes to prison.
Title: Re: Nina Coutrepatte - Murdered - Solved
Post by: Adrian on May 02, 2008, 05:06:03 AM
YOUNG OFFENDER TO BE TRIED AS AN ADULT

Nina Courtepatte. to get some justice, but not enough! Briscoe is still OUT walking around, and got nothing for this crime.!!!

 By TONY BLAIS, COURT BUREAU
   

A young woman convicted of manslaughter in the golf course sex slaying of 13-year-old Nina Courtepatte will be sentenced as an adult, a judge ruled yesterday.

The decision pleased Courtepatte's mother, who called it a "good day," and prompted her to say she hopes the 20-year-old killer gets slapped with a life sentence.

"It's (a good day) because (now) she can't get away with it and she thought that she could," said Peacha Atkinson.

"Now she's going to have a lot of years to think about it," said Atkinson, adding a long sentence is needed because the woman only has regrets about her own situation.

"No remorse. No nothing," she said. "Nothing can be done with her."

The outspoken victims' advocate also said she plans to bring a picture of Nina to today's sentencing hearing.

"To show her what she's done to such a beautiful girl and the pain that she has caused the family," said Atkinson.

Court of Queen's Bench Justice June Ross ruled a maximum three-year sentence under the Youth Criminal Justice Act would not adequately hold the woman accountable for her role in the April 3, 2005, rape-killing.

Ross also agreed with the evidence of a psychiatrist who said the woman cannot be rehabilitated enough in three years to protect society from her reoffending.

The woman, who cannot be identified because she was 17 at the time of the slaying, cried as the ruling was made.

Ross said the manslaughter conviction was at the high end of the scale, calling it a "near-murder," and noted Nina was an "innocent" and "defenceless" victim. "The victim had done nothing whatsoever to provoke an attack," said Ross. The judge also noted it was not so much the killing of Nina that "shocked" the community, but its planning.

Court has heard Courtepatte was raped twice and beaten to death with a wrench and a sledgehammer after being targeted as the "chosen one" and lured from West Edmonton Mall to a golf course west of the city on the pretense of going to a bush party.

"There is a huge moral culpability in being a willing participant in such a plan," said Ross.

At the time of conviction, Ross found the woman knew of the plan to kidnap and kill a victim, had helped carry out the kidnapping, had been armed, had hit Nina with a wrench - thereby initiating the group assault - and held Nina's hands down while she was raped.

A psychiatrist earlier testified the woman poses a high risk to re-offend and shows little remorse and little empathy for the victim. She was also diagnosed as having a conduct disorder and fetal alcohol spectral disorder.

Victim impact statements will be heard today followed by arguments on sentence length.

The woman is also being sentenced on charges of being a party to kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault.

Title: Re: Nina Coutrepatte - Murdered - Solved
Post by: Chris on May 02, 2008, 11:12:04 AM
I just hope the judge does not give her time served. I understand they give 2 for 1 credit in jail for some reason for time spent waiting for trial. This is one sick woman and needs to spend time in prison. Even then, she peobably won't ever change.
Title: Re: Nina Coutrepatte - Murdered - Solved
Post by: debbiec on May 02, 2008, 01:06:15 PM
I'm glad that this judge shows more common sense than the one that let Briscoe walk. This judge said that "There is a huge moral culpability in being a willing participant in such a plan". What about Briscoe who was 36 years old at the time? I don't understand why this is manslaughter at all even if it is on the high end of the scale.  I Thought that premeditated murder (which they have clearly said it was) was first degree. I am so glad that this horrible excuse for a human being will go to jail and not just for a couple years. The fact that she shows no remorse and is only sorry for herself makes me think she will be exactly where she belongs.
Title: Re: Nina Coutrepatte - Murdered - Solved
Post by: Adrian on May 02, 2008, 07:45:06 PM


Nina's Mom Peacha is a fighter for sure. I helped her long ago at a petition signing to get Briscoe retried, as well as having the juvinile tried as adults.What happened to her daughter, is something no mother, family should have to face.

Plus the fact of letting Briscoe go! >:( >:( That sicko drove the car, knew where to go, was at the mall, the act was already planned, and they found the "chosen one".He held her down, told her to shut up, and does not deserve to be walking.
Title: Re: Nina Coutrepatte - Murdered - Solved
Post by: Chris on May 03, 2008, 06:21:53 AM
Yes I thougtt the same, premeditated murder. It seems unresonable to convict them of manslughter and to let one guy off.
Title: Re: Nina Coutrepatte - Murdered - Solved
Post by: Adrian on May 10, 2008, 02:15:51 AM
Tried as an adult, now we gotta get that Briscoe. Teen, female, who helped slay Nina! :(

Plus family of Nina, speaked up. Yeah!!!



http://www.edmontonsun.com/News/Edmonton/2008/05/09/5524016.html
Title: Re: Nina Coutrepatte - Murdered - Solved
Post by: debbiec on May 10, 2008, 10:04:23 AM
I don't feel this is an appropriate sentence for what really should have been tried as first degree murder (totally premeditated). Just another soft judge with too many excuses for the perpetrator. So I guess you only get a tough sentence if you come from a good background and you've killed more than once?
Title: Re: Nina Coutrepatte - Murdered - Solved
Post by: Chris on May 11, 2008, 11:37:23 PM
Let's be honest here. The reason why these judges are so soft on the criminals, was becasue the victim in there judgement was no one important.

NO WAY any of these murderes get such a low sentence if this was a brain surgeon, another judge, a teacher or even just a middle class stay at home mom. Becasue the victim was from a low rent area, the judge punished accordingly.

This is mega horrible!!!!!
Title: Re: Nina Coutrepatte - Murdered - Solved
Post by: Adrian on February 11, 2009, 12:38:56 AM
Nina Courtepatte R.I.P. (((hugs)))

UPDATE:

 By TONY BLAIS, COURT BUREAU
   

Alberta?s highest court has rejected the Crown appeal of a manslaughter conviction for a woman accused of murder in the sex slaying of 13-year-old Nina Courtepatte.

However, a dissenting opinion by one of the three judges on the Court of Appeal of Alberta panel ? who ruled he would have substituted the manslaughter conviction with one of first-degree murder ? gives the Crown an automatic right to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.

According to the written decision released this morning, two of the judges upheld the manslaughter conviction for Stephanie Rosa Bird, 21, saying the trial judge did not err when she found there was an air of reality to the defence argument of abandonment.

?There is evidence on this record capable of supporting the defence of abandonment,? wrote Justice Ron Berger.

At trial Court of Queen?s Bench Justice June Ross ruled Bird was not guilty of first-degree murder because she had a ?change of intent? when she communicated to the other accused that she was leaving the scene to take Courtepatte?s friend to the car they were travelling in.

In his dissenting opinion, Justice Peter Costigan ruled Ross did err when she concluded there was an air of reality to the defence of abandonment and said the evidence was not sufficient to provide a foundation for the defence.

Costigan wrote Bird told the others she was leaving the scene of the golf course slaying because the friend was cold and ?did not need to see this,? and said this did not give evidence that she had had a change of intention.

He also disagreed with the majority?s opinion that it was a reasonable inference that Bird was fearful of the others.

?I conclude there is no evidential foundation for the defence of abandonment in this case,? said Costigan.

And, because the trial judge had ruled she was a party to first-degree murder, he said he would substitute the manslaughter conviction for one of first-degree murder.

Bird was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2007 after being convicted of manslaughter, aggravated sexual assault and kidnapping for her role in the April 3, 2005, killing of Courtepatte.

Bird was 17 at the time of the slaying, but the trial judge ruled she could be named after making a decision to sentence her as an adult.

Court has heard Courtepatte was raped twice and viciously beaten to death with a wrench and a sledgehammer after being targeted as the ?chosen one? and lured from West Edmonton Mall to a golf course west of the city.

Ross found Bird had known of the plan to kidnap and kill a victim, had helped carry out the kidnapping, had been armed, had hit Nina with a wrench ? thereby initiating the group assault ? and had held Nina?s hands down while she was being raped.

Alleged ringleader Joseph Laboucan, 23, was convicted of first-degree murder in the slaying, but a new trial was ordered after he successfully appealed his conviction.

Michael Briscoe was acquitted of all charges in the case, but a new trial was ordered after the Crown successfully appealed the acquittal.

Michael Williams pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in youth court and was sentenced to life in prison with no parole for 10 years.

A woman who was 16 at the time of the slaying was convicted of second-degree murder and aggravated sexual assault and is still awaiting sentencing.

Title: Re: Nina Coutrepatte - Murdered - Solved
Post by: Chris on February 11, 2009, 01:50:58 AM
Oh please let this get fixed at the supreme court! It is first degree, not manslaughter. This is a huge injustice.
Title: Re: Nina Coutrepatte - Murdered - Solved
Post by: Adrian on February 12, 2009, 12:56:10 AM


Crazy, eh? Who do they think they are? And for crying out loud, lock Briscoe up.I feel like you. Lot's of twists and turns. I wonder when the trial for Ellie May Myer will be? I wonder who else took part...

R.I.P. Nina!(((hugs)))
Title: Re: Nina Coutrepatte - Murdered - Solved
Post by: Edsonmom on December 02, 2010, 03:01:04 PM

Youth sentence upheld in Courtepatte slaying
Last Updated: Thursday, December 2, 2010 | 1:10 PM MT


Alberta's highest court ruled Thursday that a lower court judge was correct to sentence a young woman as a youth for her role in the April 2005 rape and murder of 13-year-old Nina Courtepatte.

The girl was 16 when she stabbed Courtepatte in the neck, then held the teen down so two men could sexually assault her.

The young woman, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was convicted of second degree murder and aggravated sexual assault.

She was sentenced in June 2009 to four years in a youth facility followed by three years served under supervision in the community the maximum under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

The Crown appealed the Court of Queen's Bench judge's decision to keep the young woman in the youth justice system.

But the Alberta Court of Appeal agreed with the trial judge's assessment when he found the girl wasn't involved in planning the crimes against Courtepatte and that she had more limited involvement in the rape and murder than the others convicted in the crime.



Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/edmonton/story/2010/12/02/edmonton-courtepatte-youth-sentence-appeal.html#ixzz16zRwWaX5 (http://www.cbc.ca/canada/edmonton/story/2010/12/02/edmonton-courtepatte-youth-sentence-appeal.html#ixzz16zRwWaX5)