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FREDERICTON — The man on trial for a 2018 mass shooting in Fredericton says he thought the end of times had begun and he might have to use his guns to fight his way out of his apartment.
Matthew Raymond, 50, is on the witness stand for a second day, testifying in his own defence.
He faces four counts of first-degree murder in the Aug. 10, 2018 deaths of Donnie Robichaud, Bobbie Lee Wright and Fredericton police constables Robb Costello and Sara Burns.
The defence admits Raymond shot the victims but is trying to prove that he should be found not criminally responsible because of a mental disorder.
Raymond told the court Wednesday that he thought the other residents of his apartment complex were all “demons” and that his mother was too and she had shared keys to his apartment. He said he had barricaded himself inside his apartment and interpreted noises he was hearing as threats.
“I thought I’d have to use my gun to fight my way out,” he told the court. “I thought the whole complex were now demons.”
Raymond said he thought people had been coming into his apartment unannounced and that the landlord could enter and take his guns. He said he was not sleeping and thought everyone was against him because he had staged a protest opposing immigration.
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Defence lawyer Nathan Gorham showed notes and calculations Raymond had in his apartment. Most had calculations ending with numbers that Raymond said were indications of serpents and demons.
One of the notes read: “You serpents picked the wrong man to test. I am not alone. He’s watching.”
Raymond said the calculations also told him that he was going to have to leave the apartment, “otherwise I was going to die there.”
Raymond said he is unable to interpret many of the calculations and notes today, because he no longer holds the strong belief in demons that guided his actions in 2018.
“I don’t know what the heck this gibberish means,” he said. “It’s gone out of my mind. I don’t believe in it anymore.”