A man accused of killing a family doctor at a medical clinic in central Alberta has been found fit to stand trial after a psychiatric exam, CBC News reports. Deng Mabiour, 54, is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of South African expat Dr Walter Reynolds at the Village Mall Walk-In Clinic in Red Deer.
A judge initially ordered a five-day psychiatric exam to see if Mabiour understood the charges against him. Last month, the judge extended it another 30 days because the accused was refusing to co-operate with medical staff at the Calgary psychiatric centre.
Mabiour has previously gone on tirades in court, demanding to know why the court won’t ask him why he killed his family doctor, insisting he is sick and needs to see a doctor and saying that he doesn’t trust the Canadian justice system or want “a stupid legal-aid lawyer.”
Provincial court Judge Gordon Yake said an evaluation by Dr Yuri Metelitsa with the Southern Alberta Forensic Psychiatry Centre found Mabiour does understand the charges again him and the matter can go to trial. “Mr Mabiour at this stage is fit to stand trial,” said Yake.
The report says he encouraged Mabiour to talk to legal aid and apply for a lawyer. “I feel he should have some pretty significant legal advice,” the judge said. But Mabiour said he’s not interested.
The case was adjourned to 6 November to allow time for Mabiour to consider his options.
Reynolds, a 45-year-old father of two, was attacked with a weapon while working at the clinic on 10 August. He died later in hospital.
According to CBC, the RCMP have said the crime was not random and the two men knew each other through the clinic, although they have not said if Mabiour was a patient of Reynolds. Mabiour is also charged with assault with a weapon and assaulting a police officer.
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