The man arrested in connection with the violent killing of a 13-year-old girl in the Laurentians this week was charged with first-degree murder Friday morning.
François Sénécal, 51, appeared in court in St-Jérôme wearing a sweater and glasses, his shoulders sunken and head downward. He never turned to face the victim’s family in attendance. The judge asked him twice in a matter of minutes to raise his head to look at her.
He will remain detained and is expected back in court on Wednesday.
Sénécal’s daughter, Alexandra, let out loud weeps as Sénécal was taken back toward detention following the hearing.
“It’s unbelievable, but he’s still my father,” she told reporters in the hallway afterward.
Océane Boyer, 13, was found by the side of an isolated road in Brownsburg-Chatham Wednesday morning. She died soon after authorities arrived at the scene. She was reportedly violently injured and found partly unclothed.
Police arrested Sénécal in Montreal on Thursday.
A passerby had discovered the teen’s body by the road around 11:15 a.m. Wednesday. Her parents last saw her around 8 a.m. that morning when she left for school. The school being just across the street from the family’s home, they reported her missing when she hadn’t returned by afternoon.
The family knew Sénécal for at least 20 years.
Accompanied by two dozen supporters, Océane’s parents arrived at the courthouse Friday morning in tears. They hugged and cried in the hallway as they waited for the hearing to begin.
They chose not to address reporters afterward.
Crown prosecutor Steve Baribeau said the Crown is still waiting for more DNA analysis in the case. He would not comment on whether Sénécal could face more charges.
This story will be updated.