The Montreal-jealous accused of the murder of his wife, would be hard on it

News 30 September, 2017
  • Photo Courtesy
    The weapon of the crime

    Michael Nguyen

    Friday, 29 September 2017, 12:44

    Friday, 29 September 2017, 12:44

    Look at this article

    A Montrealer jealous would have killed his wife by stabbing 18 times while she was trying in vain to defend himself, reveals an autopsy report introduced at trial.

    • READ ALSO: A 911 call to chill the blood

    “All injuries to the trunk, with the exception of one, have achieved the vital organs and blood vessels”, testified Dr. Caroline Tanguay, Friday, at the palais de justice of Montreal.

    The expert in forensic pathology, had the task of fulfilling the autopsy of the body of Catherine de Boucherville, in July 2012, a few days after the death of the latter.

    “It would be a homicide by weapon, in a context of domestic violence,” according to the autopsy report.

    Ahmad Nehme

    Photo Courtesy of SPVM

    Ahmad Nehme



    Ahmad Nehme, the husband of the victim, had been arrested on the spot. According to the thesis that the Crown seeks a conviction for first-degree murder, the 55-year-old was convinced, incorrectly, that his wife was unfaithful.

    “The victim was miffed, she had said that it would be better if the couple separates. A few days before [the drama, July 5, 2012], they were a room apart,” has explained to Me Éric Side of the Crown at the opening of the trial, at the beginning of the week.

    On the fateful day, while Mrs. De Boucherville was preparing to drive his 16 year old daughter with an aunt, Nehme would have burst into the room armed with a hunting knife, to kill his wife.

    The couple’s daughter, horrified by the screams of his mother, called 911 in a panic. Nehme was arrested shortly after. The son of the couple, 13-year-old, was found hidden under blankets in his room.

    Wound defense

    In total, the legal pathologist noted 18 wounds to the neck, torso, arm and hand. A wound to the chest was so great that the heart was visible, and that a rib was cut off, said Dr. Tanguay.

    “It takes a very good force, a blade that is very sharp, or both,” testified Dr. Tanguay.

    According to the evidence of the Crown, the weapon used could be a hunting knife brand Rapala made especially for skinning and slicing the ligaments of the game, according to a representative of the brand coming to testify at the trial.

    “It is not a pocket knife”, he said.

    The pathologist also noted nine wounds in the hands and arms, which correspond in wounds of defence.

    “It is when the victim tries to protect themselves, for example by catching the weapon, or to hold it in place,” said Dr. Tanguay.

    The trial, before a jury and presided over by judge Jean-François Buffoni, continues this afternoon.