Drug dealer says he learned lesson while detained in homicide case

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Jerome Latham, a drug dealer convicted of manslaughter in a West Island homicide case this week, said he learned a lesson while he was detained and awaiting his trial.

“First of all, I would like to send my apologies to the family (of Tommy Dugas, the man he killed in Pointe-Claire on June 30, 2018),” Latham said Friday at the Montreal courthouse after Superior Court Justice James Brunton asked him if he had anything to say before he sentences him on Dec. 15.

“It was a tragic accident. I didn’t get up that day thinking it was going to end up like that.”

Latham, 49, went on trial on a charge of second-degree murder, but a jury found him guilty of manslaughter. Jury deliberations are secret in Canada and it is impossible to know what the jury discussed before they convicted him in less than a day. But it appears the five women and seven men who served on the jury believed at least some of the testimony Latham gave as part of his defence last week.