Mental disorder defence to be explored for suspect in random killing

Tano earlier found the accused fit to stand trial, which means he understands the legal process and can instruct counsel

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The suspect in what police say was the random murder of a woman on a Calgary street will undergo an assessment to determine if he is not criminally responsible by reason of a mental disorder.

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Defence lawyers Curtis Mennie and Shamsher Kothari appeared in provincial court Thursday and sought the testing for Michael John Adenyi based on an initial assessment by Dr. David Tano.

Mennie provided a letter to Judge Mark Tyndale in which Tano indicated Adenyi may qualify for an NCRMD finding.

Because the letter included private medical information about his client, Mennie did not ask that the letter be made an exhibit and it wasn’t read into the record.

“The application . . . is for an assessment order for an NCR application,” Mennie told Tyndale.

“The reasons for that, sir, are outlined from the April 4 assessment done by Dr. Tano where he makes reference to a referral for an NCR assessment due to schizophrenia and auditory hallucinations,” Mennie said.

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The lawyer said the contents of Tano’s letter establish reasonable grounds for Tyndale to order testing to determine if Adenyi was mentally ill at the time of his alleged crime and didn’t appreciate the nature and quality of his conduct, or that it was wrong.

Based on Tano’s initial assessment, Crown prosecutor Vicki Faulkner said she was not opposed to the defence application.

“We have reviewed the information provided by Dr. Tano and agree that it would be prudent,” Faulkner said, in agreeing to Adenyi being sent from the Calgary Remand Centre to the Southern Alberta Forensic Psychiatry Centre to be examined.

Tyndale agreed to send Adenyi for a 30-day assessment.

“There will be an order . . . that the accused be assessed to determine whether he was not criminally responsible by virtue of a mental disorder at the time of the commission of the offence,” he said.

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Adenyi, who appeared via video link from the Calgary Remand Centre, did not address court other than to reply “morning” in reply to the judge offering the same greeting.

Adenyi, 26, is charged with first-degree murder in what police say was the random killing of Vanessa Ladouceur, who was attacked around 6:40 a.m. on March 18 in the 100 block of 10th Avenue S.E.

Ladouceur, 30, who police say was fatally stabbed, was found unconscious. She died a short time later from her injuries.

Tano earlier found the accused fit to stand trial, which means he understands the legal process and can instruct counsel.

He’ll return to court May 12.

Twitter: @KMartinCourts

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