Tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity

Dean Carl Chap­pell re­futes as­sess­ment de­ter­min­ing he was not re­spon­si­ble for crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE -

A man with an ex­ten­sive crim­i­nal record, in­clud­ing armed rob­bery, wishes to con­test a pro­fes­sional as­sess­ment that he is not crim­i­nally re­spon­si­ble for a re­cent — and bizarre — rash of pro­ba­tion­ary breaches.

Dean Carl Chap­pell, who is in his mid40s, pleaded guilty Wed­nes­day to fail­ing to keep the peace. He asked to be sen­tenced ac­cord­ingly.

How­ever, a psy­chi­atric as­sess­ment de­ter­mined Chap­pell is not crim­i­nally re­spon­si­ble for a host of in­ci­dents in Novem­ber and De­cem­ber while on pro­ba­tion.

Dur­ing that pe­riod, po­lice re­ceived 18 calls con­cern­ing ac­tiv­ity by Chap­pell, in­clud­ing nu­mer­ous in­ci­dents of tres­pass­ing.

Chap­pell was deemed to be delu­sional when po­lice at­tended a Char­lot­te­town bar where a bare­footed Chap­pell was scrub­bing his feet with a mop in a wash­room.

In an­other in­ci­dent, the QEH emer­gency depart­ment re­quested as­sis­tance to give Chap­pell med­i­ca­tion.

Sev­eral calls were made to po­lice con­cern­ing Chap­pell ex­hibit­ing strange be­hav­iour in Mon­tague.

Pro­vin­cial court Judge John Dou­glas plans to set up a hear­ing to al­low Chap­pell to try to re­fute the psy­chi­atric as­sess­ment.

Chap­pell had been sen­tenced in the past to 7 1/2 years in a fed­eral cor­rec­tional fa­cil­ity for an armed rob­bery.

He has also been charged be­fore with as­sault­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer and mul­ti­ple counts of dam­age to prop­erty.

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