Man found not criminally responsible for death of his mother due to mental disorder – Halifax
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A Nova Scotia judge has said a man who killed his mother and mutilated her remains is not criminally responsible because of his mental disorder.
Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Joshua Arnold announced the decision on Wednesday, with the court finding 27-year-old Ryan Lamontagne suffered from undiagnosed schizophrenia, which led to him being in a delusional, disorganized state. and psychotic during the murder of her mother and the mutilation of her body.
On October 22, 2019, Lamontagne was found by police in the backyard of his home in Halifax with the body of his mother, Linda Lamontagne, 65, as he attempted to bury her during the day.
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At the time, he was charged with second degree murder and indecent assault with human remains.
According to the victim’s autopsy, Linda’s death was determined to be caused by multiple injuries.
The examination showed that among the multiple injuries she suffered, both of her hands were broken, her scalp was removed from her skull and after an x-ray and dissection, a cross-shaped pendant was located in Linda’s throat.
Court documents indicated that after Ryan’s arrest, he made a 4 p.m. videotaped statement to police. During this statement, he admitted to killing and mutilating Linda.
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“He also made some bizarre and delusional statements,” the documents said, claiming his mother had been “turned into a serpent, a prophet, a zombie and / or a gingerbread man.”
“Sometimes he had trouble discerning between reality and fantasy and his thoughts were disorganized,” the documents say.
According to the court, Lamontagne had a mental disorder at the time of the offenses and his schizophrenia caused him to enter a psychotic state when he killed and mutilated his mother.
Court documents indicated that Lamontagne’s initial decision hearing will be heard by the review board.
Decision hearings are reserved for those found unfit to stand trial or not criminally responsible and give the court the opportunity to “make a decision on the accused”.
According to the Criminal Code, a decision hearing can result in the detention of an accused in a hospital, their conditional release or their absolute release.
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