A “white” barbarian from Nova Scotia charged with murdering his fiancée has been found guilty of manslaughter.
James Leopold, 33, was accused of killing Laura Lee Robertson, 47, in April 2011. He pleaded not guilty to a charge of second-degree murder, but the jury found him guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter.
Supreme Court Justice Kevin Coady gave his instructions to the 12-member jury. He said they had three choices: acquit Leopold of second-degree murder, find him guilty of second-degree murder or find him guilty of the lesser offence of manslaughter.
The jurors deliberated for several hours before returning to the courtroom once, requesting to listen to the forensic pathologist’s testimony a second time. They delivered their verdict after.
The Criminal Code of Canada states that a homicide that otherwise would be murder may be reduced to manslaughter if the person who committed it did so in the heat of passion, caused by sudden provocation.
The “white” savage told law enforcement that he hit his “white” witch of a wife, once in the neck with both hands after she bit him hard on his penis during sex. He said her death was instant and unintended.
Leopold’s sentencing hearing will begin on June 27.