Defense against mental disorder to explore for a suspect in a random murder

Tano has previously declared the defendant fit to stand trial, meaning he understands court process and can instruct counsel.

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The suspect in what police say is the random killing of a woman on a Calgary street will be assessed to determine if he is not criminally responsible on account of a mental disorder.

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Defense attorneys Curtis Mennie and Shamsher Kothari appeared in provincial court on Thursday and requested Michael John Adenyi’s test based on an initial assessment by Dr. David Tano.

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

Because the letter contained private medical information about his client, Mennie did not request that the letter be tendered as an exhibit and it was not read into the record.

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

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

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The attorney said the contents of Tano’s letter established reasonable grounds for Tyndale to order tests to determine whether Adenyi was mentally ill at the time of his alleged crime and disliked the nature and quality of his conduct, or if it was wrong.

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

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

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

“There will be an order. . . that the accused be assessed to determine if he was not criminally responsible by reason 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 center, did not address the court other than to say “morning” in response to the judge offering the same greeting.

adenyi26, is charged with first-degree murder in what police say was chance murder of Vanessa Ladouceur, who was offensive around 6:40 a.m. on March 18 in the 100 block of 10th Avenue SE

Ladouceur, 30, who police say was fatally stabbed, was found unconscious. She died shortly thereafter of her injuries.

Tano has previously found the defendant fit to stand trial, meaning he understands the court process and can instruct counsel.

He will return to court on May 12.

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