Assess­ment ex­tended for stab­bing sus­pect


Lethbridge Herald - - HOMESTOWN NEWS - Delon Shurtz LETH­BRIDGE HER­ALD

Psy­chi­atric doc­tors will con­tinue to ex­am­ine a 28-year-old man ac­cused of try­ing to kill his el­derly par­ents ear­lier this year.

Crown pros­e­cu­tor Erin Olsen ex­plained Mon­day dur­ing a hear­ing in Leth­bridge pro­vin­cial court, that doc­tors need more time to ex­am­ine the ac­cused, and the mat­ter was ad­journed un­til next month.

It’s the sec­ond time the foren­sic assess­ment has been ex­tended since it was first or­dered Feb. 14. Olsen said the case is com­plex, and doc­tors re­quested an ad­di­tional 21 days, par­tic­u­larly to ad­dress a “re­cent dis­play of delu­sional be­liefs,” ex­pressed by the ac­cused.

The assess­ment, or­dered un­der Sec­tion 672 of the Crim­i­nal Code, is to de­ter­mine whether the ac­cused is un­fit to stand trial and whether he was, at the time of the al­leged of­fence, suf­fer­ing from a men­tal dis­or­der that could ex­empt him from crim­i­nal re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Po­lice re­ported that at about 2:41 a.m. Feb. 11 a man en­tered a west­side home and stabbed a 72year-old man and 62-year-old woman while they slept in their bed.

The el­derly man sus­tained se­ri­ous, but non-lifethreat­en­ing in­juries and was taken to hos­pi­tal where he was treated and re­leased. His wife was treated on scene by EMS. Po­lice lo­cated the cou­ple's son a short dis­tance away and he was ar­rested with­out in­ci­dent.

The man is charged with two counts of at­tempted mur­der and two counts of ag­gra­vated as­sault. His next court ap­pear­ance is sched­uled for May 7.

Since his ar­rest the man has been pro­hib­ited from con­tact­ing his par­ents. That or­der was amended Mon­day to al­low con­tact by writ­ten cor­re­spon­dence.

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