8:30 a.m., Feb. 23)
Ledoux stabbing accused found guilty of manslaughter
By Fred Sherwin
Ben Taylor has been convicted of manslaughter
in the 2012 stabbing death of Scott Ledoux
(pictured above). File photo
young man charged with second degree murder in the St.
Patrick's Day stabbing death of Scott Ledoux, has been
found guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter which
will likely come with a sentence of three to five years
less time served.
Taylor, 19, stabbed Ledoux seven times while the pair
were entangled in a fight in Taylor's basement apartment
on Cousineau Street. The Crown accused Taylor of willfully
stabbing the older and bigger man while they were both
standing, knowing full well that his actions would probably
cause serious injury or even death.
defence lawyer, Pat McCann, established a slightly different
story, arguing that his client retrieved the kitchen knife
before confronting Ledoux because he feared for his safety.
McCann also said that Ledoux was on top of Taylor, showering
him with punches, when Ledoux stabbed upwards in attempt
to fend him off.
recollections of the fight differed leaving the jury with
little choice but to find Taylor guilty of manslaughter,
which didn't sit well with the Taylor's parents who felt
their son should have been found not guilty for reasons
of self defence.
a skinny, scrawny 18-year-old is being attacked, beaten
up, in his own home he was given no right to defend himself,
his mother Caroline Taylor said. "I
the other side of the court room, Ledoux's parents told
the media through the investigating detective that they
were satisfied with the verdict.
felt the verdict was fair and they hold no animosity towards
Ben Taylors family and they hope he moves on with
his life and he learns from this experience to be a better
person, Det. Rick McIntosh said.
will return to court for sentencing at a later date.
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