Man gets eight years for stabbing that left victim for dead
Jason Mount, 36, found guilty of aggravated assault
Hamilton judge who found a 36year-old man guilty of aggravated assault for repeatedly stabbing a man argued he couldn’t discount the attacker’s alcohol, drug and personality disorders.
Jason Mount was found to be criminally responsible after a 30day psychiatric assessment, but Justice Stephen Glithero said he still needed to weigh his addiction and mental problems in his verdict and sentencing.
“I’m of the view that Mr. Mount’s intellectual challenges and psychiatric problems … are nevertheless real problems,” he told court Wednesday.
Glithero sentenced Mount to eight years in prison with credit for time already served, noting his primary aim was protecting the public given the “unwarranted” nature of this attack.
“You just cannot act this way,” the judge added.
Glithero found Mount not guilty of attempted murder.
Mount, who lived with his mom in Burlington at the time of the February 2015 assault, was charged after 57-year-old David Dodds was found by a newspaper delivery person covered in blood outside a home on Prospect Street North. He’d been stabbed 22 times.
“This attack was a very serious attack,” Glithero said, calling it “high-end aggravated assault.”
“Mr. Dodds is very lucky to be alive,” he said, adding, “Mr. Mount is lucky Mr. Dodds is alive.”
After hearing Mount’s testimony in January, Glithero ordered the psychiatric assessment be conducted at the request of his lawyer, Larissa Fedak.
Mount told court he got into an “altercation” on Feb. 8, 2015 after his backpack and coat were stolen, and that video surveillance footage shown to court did not accurately depict the event because it had been altered.
He said the man who had his backpack demanded his money and pulled out a knife. When Mount tried to grab his hand, the man bit him, and he saw “a vampire woman with three heads.”
“Mr. Mount may well believe what he told the court ... but I’m satisfied that the evidence is not accurate,” Glithero said.
Forensic psychiatrist Dr. Joseph Ferencz testified Wednesday that while Mount suffers from alcohol, substance and personality disorders and an intellectual disability, he does not “present” with a mental disorder that would qualify him to be found not criminally responsible.
During the assessment, there were “suggestions” Mount was faking some behaviour, including talking about seeing ghosts and saying he was responsible for Obamacare, Ferencz testified.
“But we didn’t feel we had enough evidence to confirm that.”
Crown prosecutor Kevin McKenna read Dodds’ victim impact statement. “I am permanently scarred physically and emotionally,” the statement read. “Negative emotions related to the attack permeate my thoughts every day.”
Dodds describes the insomnia and nightmares he’s faced as well as the financial loss he’s suffered while being unable to work.
“I feel violated and contemptuous of the accused and those who could have intervened,” his state- ment reads. Fedak requested her client be sentenced to two years less a day so he could go to a provincial facility where he could access the treatment he needs.
McKenna asked for an eight- to 10-year sentence based on the severity of the attack, the nature of the injuries, Mount’s criminal record and the impact the assault had on Dodds.
When asked if he had anything to say, Mount maintained he did not cause all of Dodds’ injuries, but apologized for cutting his face.
Outside of court, Fedak described her client’s situation as the “perfect storm” — a combination of mental health issues, intellectual disabilities and addiction struggles. “These are always very challenging cases,” she said. “It shows the holes in our system.”