For­mer hockey prospect Daniel Ry­der de­clared men­tally un­fit by N.L. court

Cape Breton Post - - ATLANTIC -

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. (CP) — For­mer NHL prospect Daniel Ry­der has been de­clared men­tally un­fit to stand trial on charges stem­ming from an armed rob­bery in New­found­land.

Ry­der, 23, of Bon­av­ista, N.L., ap­peared in St. John’s pro­vin­cial court Mon­day.

He was or­dered held at a men­tal hospi­tal, where a re­view board will de­ter­mine whether or not the for­mer pro can face crim­i­nal charges.

Ry­der turned him­self in to po­lice a day af­ter the Jan 5. rob­bery at a con­ve­nience store in Bon­av­ista.

Dr. Nizar Ladha, a psy­chi­a­trist at the Water­ford Hospi­tal, tes­ti­fied he be­lieves Ry­der is men­tally un­fit to stand trial and sug­gested the mat­ter be turned over to a men­tal dis­or­der re­view board.

Judge Robert Hys­lop de­cided to fol­low the doc­tor’s rec­om­men­da­tion.

“The good news is his prog­no­sis is favourable and he’s re­spond­ing well to treat­ment,” Hys­lop said in court.

Out­side court, Ladha ex­plained that the re­view board is made up of five peo­ple — a chair­per­son, a mem­ber of the com­mu­nity, and three psy­chi­a­trists not con­nected to the case. The re­view hear­ings will be held within 45 days.

Ry­der is charged with rob­bery, be­ing dis­guised with the in­tent of com­mit­ting a crime, us­ing an im­i­ta­tion firearm to carry out a crime and theft un­der $5,000.

Ac­cord­ing to the RCMP in Bon­av­ista, a man en­tered the con­ve­nience store car­ry­ing a white shop­ping bag. He told the lone cashier he had a gun and de­manded cigarettes.

Ry­der is the younger brother of Bos­ton Bru­ins star Michael Ry­der.

He was a play­off MVP with the On­tario Hockey League’s Peter­bor­ough Petes in 2005-06, and has played pro­fes­sion­ally in the Amer­i­can Hockey League and East Coast Hockey League.

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