Sen­tenc­ing of man who killed gay rights ac­tivist ad­journed

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA - The Cana­dian Press

HAL­I­FAX — The sen­tenc­ing hear­ing for the men­tally ill Nova Sco­tia man who killed gay rights ac­tivist Ray­mond Taavel has been ad­journed un­til late Fe­bru­ary. An­dre Noel Denny pleaded guilty to man­slaugh­ter in Novem­ber, more than three years af­ter the high-pro­file crime. An agreed state­ment of facts pre­sented in Nova Sco­tia Supreme Court says Denny failed to re­turn to a Hal­i­fax-area foren­sic psy­chi­atric fa­cil­ity af­ter re­ceiv­ing an un­escorted, one-hour pass on April 16, 2012. The state­ment says Denny’s men­tal state was im­paired by psy­chosis caused by con­sum­ing al­co­hol and crack co­caine when he got into an ar­gu­ment with Taavel, punched him in the head and slammed his face into the pave­ment.

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