Psy­chi­atric re­views for Edm. at­tacker

Lethbridge Herald - - NEWS - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS — ED­MON­TON

A man fac­ing sev­eral counts of at­tempted mur­der af­ter a po­lice of­fi­cer was hit with a car and stabbed by an as­sailant is to face two psy­chi­atric as­sess­ments.

The re­views are to de­ter­mine Ab­du­lahi Hasan Sharif’s men­tal state at the time of the at­tack and as he faces trial, his lawyer said Mon­day as his client ap­peared in an Ed­mon­ton court via video link.

“The in­for­ma­tion is ex­tremely pre­lim­i­nary at this mo­ment,” said Karan­pal Au­jla. “How­ever, from the in­for­ma­tion I’ve been told and re­view of the ini­tial dis­clo­sure, it ap­pears to me that there cer­tainly may be is­sues that per­tain to men­tal health.“

Sharif was charged af­ter a speed­ing car rammed through a bar­rier at a Cana­dian Foot­ball League game in Ed­mon­ton on Sept. 30 and sent an of­fi­cer fly­ing five me­tres through the air. The driver got out, pulled out a large knife and be­gan stab­bing Const. Mike Ch­ernyk.

Four pedes­tri­ans were hit and in­jured hours later by the driver of a cube van speed­ing away from po­lice cars in down­town Ed­mon­ton.

Ch­ernyk suf­fered stab wounds to the face and the head. He has re­turned to work.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.