A three-day trial is set for November to determine whether a young man accused of killing his father is criminally responsible.
The date for trial of Joshua Steel, accused of second-degree murder in the death of his father, Phil, a year ago was set Tuesday in B.C. Supreme Court.
The court appointed a psychiatrist to determine Steel’s mental state. He is currently in custody at Colony Farm Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Fraser Valley.
Prosecutor Joel Gold said the Crown does not take issue with findings of the court-appointed psychiatrist. His report determined Steel is not criminally responsible by reason of a mental disorder.
“The Crown does not plan to call any contrary evidence,” Gold said.
The facts of Phil Steel’s death and Joshua’s actions will be filed as uncontested evidence.
According to the federal Department of Justice, in order for the accused to be found not criminally responsible by reason of mental disorder it must be shown the accused "was incapable of either appreciating the nature and quality of the act or omission, or of knowing that it was wrong, as a result of suffering from a mental disorder at the time of the offence."
If the court determines such a finding, the accused is not sentenced. Instead, the person charged may be discharged with or without conditions or placed in detention in a hospital.
RCMP were called to a Westmount home on Sept. 12.
Phil Steel, 63, was found dead inside the home. Police arrested Joshua soon after arriving at the scene on Sept. 12.
Police were called two days prior, after neighbours complained of a window and vehicle smashing spree.