Thursday August 21, 2014

Expert witness to appear at Lindsay hearing

The Crown is expected to call an expert to testify about the mental fitness of Mark Lindsay to continue standing trial.

Lindsay was on trial in August for aggravated assault, weapons and robbery charges related to attacking an undercover police officer in September last year. He was also ready to stand trial for attacking his cellmate at KRCC with a pencil, an attack that left the man permanently blind in one eye.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Dev Dley will be asked to determine whether Lindsay should be deemed not criminally responsible for reasons of mental illness. Following an application from Crown lawyers, Dley ordered a psychiatric assessment.

Defence lawyer Don Campbell said Monday the Crown is expected to call the expert as a witness. A psychiatric report was also ordered. No date has been set for the continuation.

During the trial, Lindsay testified he'd been terrorized for the past three years by serial killers who threatened to murder him. He confessed to killing Dana Turner in Alberta as well as attacking the RCMP member and a cellmate in separate incidents.

On the witness stand, Lindsay has insisted he does not suffer from mental illness.

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