Man ac­cused of killing father to un­dergo as­sess­ment

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As lawyers dis­cussed send­ing him for a psy­chi­atric ex­am­i­na­tion, mur­der sus­pect Vin­cent Fong stood fid­get­ing in the pris­oner’s box Fri­day, twice spin­ning around while speak­ing to an in­ter­preter.

Provin­cial court Judge Lloyd Robert­son agreed with Crown and de­fence coun­sel that Fong should be as­sessed to de­ter­mine his fit­ness to stand trial for the killing of his father.

Pros­e­cu­tor Mike Ewen­son and de­fence lawyer Ben Le­ung, who has not yet been hired to act for Fong, both said an as­sess­ment was war­ranted after the ac­cused was ex­am­ined by psy­chi­a­trist Dr. Ken Hash­man.

“Mr. Fong does con­sent to this through his guardian, his mother,” said Ewen­son, as Fong ’s re­main­ing par­ent sat qui­etly in the front row of the court­room gallery.

Le­ung said Fong was not op­posed to be­ing sent for test­ing.

“And then what hap­pens after?” Fong asked, through the Can­tonese in­ter­preter, be­fore spin­ning around 360 de­grees in the pris­oner’s box. He also repeatedly flapped his right hand. Both be­hav­iours are com­mon in in­di­vid­u­als with autism, which Fong has.

Fong, 36, was ar­rested Wed­nes­day and charged with sec­ond­de­gree mur­der in the death of his father, Shu Kwan Fong.

Fong re­turns to court Feb. 8.


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