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Paragraph two reads: "Adrien John Lepage, 55, had told the court he robbed and kidnapped the young woman in the hope police would kill him and put him out of his misery. He wasn't thinking straight and didn't mean to hurt anyone, he said."
Paragraph seven reads: "Lepage testified last Friday that he suffers from depression and that on the morning of Nov. 30, he took six times his prescribed dose of anti-depressant medication."
N.B. kidnapper found guilty of attempted murder
Last Updated: Thursday, April 15, 2010 | 3:50 PM AT
Adrien John Lepage is escorted by police on Dec. 1, 2009. (CBC)
A Saint John man has been found guilty of attempted murder in connection with the kidnapping of a bartender who was abandoned in a remote gravel pit with a plastic bag taped around her head.
Adrien John Lepage, 55, had told the court he robbed and kidnapped the young woman in the hope police would kill him and put him out of his misery. He wasn't thinking straight and didn't mean to hurt anyone, he said.
Hampton provincial court Judge Henrik Tonning wasn't convinced. He said no matter how hard he looked for reasonable doubt, he could not find any.
Lepage, who was taking notes in the prisoner's box throughout Thursday's proceedings, showed no reaction to the guilty verdict.
He will be sentenced on May 27 on the attempted murder charge, to which he had pleaded not guilty. He will also be sentenced on charges of unlawful confinement and theft, to which he had pleaded guilty.
The judge ordered a pre-sentence report and victim impact statement.
Left for deadLepage testified last Friday that he suffers from depression and that on the morning of Nov. 30, he took six times his prescribed dose of anti-depressant medication.
He also said he had been having problems with his girlfriend that day, before he walked into the Barnwood Pub in Quispamsis, in southern New Brunswick.
The bartender had testified that Lepage ordered food and drinks before approaching her at the bar and telling her he would blow her head off if she didn't give him the money in the cash register.
He told her to carry the $400 outside, away from the pub's security cameras, she said. Then he threw her into his van and drove 55 kilometres to a gravel pit near Lepreau. He said: "Have a nice life," then drove away, she told the court.
The woman, who had no coat, was soaking wet and covered in mud, with her arms and legs bound with duct tape. She managed to free herself and walk to Highway 1, where two drivers pulled over to help her.