Teen ac­cused in killing or­dered to un­dergo as­sess­ment

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HAL­I­FAX (CP) — A 17-year-old Mid­dle Sackville boy charged with sec­ond-de­gree mur­der has been re­manded to the IWK Health Cen­tre in Hal­i­fax for a 30-day as­sess­ment.

The as­sess­ment was or­dered Fri­day in Hal­i­fax youth court at the re­quest of lawyers for the Crown and de­fence.

The boy, whose iden­tity is pro­tected be­cause of his age, is charged in the stab­bing death of Joy­ann Wright, 49. Her body was found Feb. 5 at her home in Mid­dle Sackville.

The teenager has been un­der the su­per­vi­sion of doc­tors at the IWK’s men­tal health unit since the day of the killing. He re­mained at the hospi­tal Fri­day while a lawyer ap­peared in court on his be­half.

The case will re­turn to court March 12.

Crown at­tor­ney Stephen Drake said the re­port or­dered by the judge will look into the boy’s psy­chi­atric, psy­cho­log­i­cal, psy­cho-ed­u­ca­tional and men­tal health back­ground.

“We asked for all four com­po­nents be­cause we think the cir­cum­stances re­quire a very com­pre­hen­sive re­port,” Drake, who has been brought in from Syd­ney to pros­e­cute the case, said out­side court.

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