Killer ‘not crim­i­nally re­spon­si­ble’

Judge says Ro­hinie Bis­esar suf­fered from men­tal dis­or­der when she stabbed stranger

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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.

More re­ac­tion to the case at thes­


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.

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