Fugitive Sebastien Normandin, 49, was extradited to Canada following a lengthy investigation by VicPD and partner agencies. Normandin fled the country before his attempted murder trial for charges stemming from a December, 2016 incident in which he allegedly tried to hit his former girlfriend and her partner with his vehicle. (File Photo)

Preliminary inquiry ahead for man who fled Canada prior to double attempted murder trial

VicPD returned fugitive Sebastien Normandin, 49, to Canada earlier this year

A man charged with two counts of attempted murder will face a preliminary inquiry in Victoria soon.

Sebastien Normandin is accused of attempting to murder his former girlfriend and her partner by driving his vehicle into theirs in 2016.

Normandin is also charged with dangerous driving, criminal harassment and two counts of assault, along with breaching the terms of his release.

RELATED: VicPD return Victoria fugitive from France for attempted murder trial

His next court appearance is set for Dec. 17, but Dan McLaughlin, communications counsel for BC Prosecution Services, says the appearance is nominal, meaning dates could be fixed any time between now and then.

In October members of the Victoria Police Department flew to Paris to extradite Normandin, who had fled Canada prior to his trial for attempted murder, back to Canada.

RELATED: Man charged with attempted murder after causing serious vehicle collision

Normandin, 49, was arrested in December of 2016 after he was charged on allegations that he had attempted to ram his vehicle into his former girlfriend and her partner in the 1000-block of Gillepsie Place on Dec. 27, 2016.

Pending his trial, Normandin was released and subsequently fled the country.

Through the use of warrants, tracking software and the help of partner agencies, VicPD was able to pinpoint where Normandin was hiding in France. On Oct. 18 Normandin was returned to Victoria.

At the time of the initial offense, officers determined there was a long history of domestic violence between the people involved. Normandin’s ex-girlfriend and her partner were not in the vehicle when it was hit, but one of them suffered non-life threatening injuries.



kendra.crighton@blackpress.ca

Follow us on Instagram
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Spring shift in service includes no weekend late night bus services in Greater Victoria

Annual shift into spring sees additional decrease in frequency on multiple routes

Sex workers face new risks during COVID-19 pandemic

‘Desperation has kicked in’ for vulnerable, undocumented workers unable to access help

UVic Vikes new basketball coach on the fast track

At 26, Shalie Dheensaw assumed head coaching role

No more ferries will sail from Departure Bay, Mill Bay, Brentwood Bay during COVID-19 pandemic

B.C. Ferries announces major changes to sailing schedules for 60 days starting Saturday, April 4

Greater Victoria liquor stores see spike in sales amidst COVID-19

Customers are buying go-to products in larger quantities

VIDEO: ‘Used gloves and masks go in the garbage,’ says irked B.C. mayor

Health officials have said single-use gloves won’t do much to curb the spread of COVID-19

Unclear if Cowichan couple refusing to self-isolate will face penalty

No fines or charges have been laid to date, including Cowichan couple who won’t self isolate

POLL: Will you be able to make your rent or mortgage payment this month?

With the COVID-19 delivering a devastating blow to the global economy, and… Continue reading

COVID-19: Postponed surgeries will be done, B.C. health minister says

Contract with private surgical clinic to help clear backlog

Black Press Media ad sparks discussion about value of community newspapers

White Rock resident hopes front-page note shines light on revenue loss during COVID-19 crisis

Nanaimo man arrested after allegedly setting house fire

Firefighters arrived to find mobile home ablaze on Barnes Road in Cedar on Thursday

Businesses advised to prepare for federal, B.C. COVID-19 assistance

Canada Revenue Agency portal expected to open next week

Dogs are property, not kids, B.C. judge tells former couple

Court decision made on competing lawsuits over Zeus and Aurora — a pit bull and pit bull cross

B.C. senior gives blood for 200th time, has ‘saved’ 600 lives

There was no cutting of cake for Harvey Rempel but he’s challenging youth to start donating blood

Most Read