Teen accused in killing ordered to undergo assessment
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.