A 25-year-old man who allegedly tried to murder another man with a chainsaw was sent for a 30-day psychiatric assessment Monday to determine whether he is criminally responsible.
Wyatt Proulx is charged with attempted murder, assault with a weapon, uttering threats and possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose stemming from events Aug. 31 in Barriere.
An RCMP information states that Proulx tried to murder Terrance O’Beirn, “assaulting (him) with a chainsaw while stating he was going to kill him.”
He allegedly threatened to kill two other people.
Proulx has been in custody since his arrest.
Based on a psychiatric report, provincial court judge Stella Frame determined Proulx is fit to stand trial.
But his mental state at the time of the attack remains in question. Proulx will undergo psychiatric testing to help the court determine whether he is not criminally responsible by reason of a mental disorder for the attack itself.
If declared not criminally responsible by the court, Proulx’s fate will be determined by the B.C. Review Board, where a panel that includes medical experts determines when he is safe for release.
Proulx is currently in a psychiatric facility in the Lower Mainland, where he has been sent pursuant to an order under the Mental Health Act.