Killer ‘not criminally responsible’
Judge says Rohinie Bisesar suffered from mental disorder when she stabbed stranger
After finding Rohinie Bisesar not criminally responsible for stabbing 28-year-old Rosemarie Junor in the heart in a Shoppers Drug Mart, Superior Court Justice John Mcmahon acknowledged all the victims of the devastating tragedy — including Bisesar.
“An innocent young woman is dead. Another young woman will be held in a secure psychiatric facility for a long time ... until experts are of the view that it is safe to release her into the community. No one wins,” Mcmahon said.
Mcmahon agreed with both Crown and defence lawyers that at the time of the stabbing Bisesar, 43, was suffering from severe, untreated schizophrenia, including command hallucinations and beliefs that external forces implanted a device in her body and were controlling her movements.
When she killed Junor on Dec. 11, 2015 she was incapable of knowing the act was morally or legally wrong, Mcmahon found.
“This is not a case of a person complaining of a mental disorder for the first time after a killing to excuse their actions and avoid criminal responsibility. There is an entire record of severe psychosis, delusional thoughts and auditory commands more than a year before the tragic killing,” Mcmahon said.
The Ontario Review Board, a five-person panel usually including psychiatrists, a lawyer and a member of the public, will now consider Bisesar’s detention and possible eventual release on an annual basis with a first hearing within 90 days, Mcmahon said. The main concern of the board is public safety. There is no time frame for a possible release.
Junor’s mother Rosalind acknowledged Bisesar is sick. “But don’t let her out,” she said.
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Rosalind Junor, the victim’s mother, speaks to media after Rohinie Bisesar was found not criminally responsible for the murder of Rosemarie Junor in a Shoppers Drug Mart. “Don’t let her out,” Rosalind Junor said of Bisesar.
Rohinie Bisesar, left, was charged with first-degree murder for allegedly fatally stabbing Rosemarie Junor in a Shoppers Drug Mart in the PATH on Dec. 11, 2015.