55-year-old man sentenced to life in prison in connection with second-degree murder investigation

Taslima Jamal

A 55-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison following an investigation into the February 2021 homicide of 49-year-old Monique Gallien, in Pont-Landry, N.B.

On June 20, 2022, Daniel Jean appeared in the Court of Queen’s Bench in Bathurst and was sentenced to life in prison without eligibility of parole for 11 years, for second-degree murder.

On February 24, 2021, at around 2 p.m., Tracadie RCMP responded to a report that a body had been found next to a vehicle on Chemin W. Gautreau, in Pont-Landry. An investigation led by the New Brunswick Major Crimes Unit determined that the body was that of 49-year-old Monique Gallien, from Pont-Landry. A subsequent autopsy determined her death was the result of a homicide.

As part of the police investigation, it was determined that Monique Gallien was a victim of intimate partner violence, which ultimately led to her death.

On February 28, 2021, a 54-year-old man was arrested in connection with the investigation.

On March 1, Daniel Jean, of Pont-Landry, appeared in Tracadie Provincial Court and was charged with second-degree murder. He was remanded into custody.

On May 17, 2022, Daniel Jean appeared in in the Court of Queen’s Bench in Bathurst and pled guilty to second-degree murder. He was sentenced on June 20 to life in prison without eligibility of parole for 11 years.

Intimate partner violence is a complex issue that the RCMP takes very seriously. The RCMP works closely with community partners to try and create a safe space for victims to seek help. All frontline officers undergo mandatory training on domestic violence and how to support victims in a non-judgemental, positive way.

If you are a victim of intimate partner violence and are in immediate danger, please call 911. For resources, including information about available services and making safety plans, visit the Province of New Brunswick’s Love Shouldn’t Hurt website.

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