Judge deems man 'not criminally responsible' for violent crimes

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By Jessica Wallace

A decision in B.C. Supreme Court today finding Mark Lindsay not criminally responsible for violent crimes did not come hastily.

"I consider Mr. Lindsay to be a very exceptionally dangerous person," said B.C. Supreme Court Justice Dev Dley.

Lindsay's sentence came after he attacked both an undercover police officer and his cellmate at the Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre, whom he stabbed in the eye with a pencil, last year.

A psychiatric assessment was ordered to determine whether Lindsay was criminally responsible for the two attacks.

The assessment by forensic psychiatrist Dr. Marcel Hediger in Coquitlam classified Lindsay as a paranoid schizophrenic suffering from delusions. Dley sided with the doctor's assessment.

"The opinion of Dr. Hediger is persuasive," Dley said. "I'm also satisfied Mr. Lindsay was not faking his symptoms.... In his deluded mind, Mr. Lindsay had justified his attacks."

Upon Justice Dley's decision, the Crown requested another psychiatric assessment to be completed.

To contact a reporter for this story, email: jwallace@infotelnews.ca or call (250) 319-7494.


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