Ac­cused in Ed­mon­ton at­tack to have psy­chi­atric re­views

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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 and was hon­oured at CFL and Na­tional Hockey League games in the city. The other at­tack vic­tims are re­cov­er­ing from their in­juries.

A judge agreed with Sharif’s lawyer that ini­tial ev­i­dence sug­gests the ac­cused’s men­tal health needs to be as­sessed.

Au­jla said ev­i­dence comes from ini­tial dis­clo­sure and a con­ver­sa­tion with some­one who knows Sharif. Au­jla has met with his client and said he ap­pears “like a nor­mal guy.”

No bail ap­pli­ca­tion will be made un­til the as­sess­ments are com­plete, the lawyer said.

Ab­du­lahi Hasan Sharif

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