Murder trial set for man accused of killing his father

Kamloops Daily News
October 4, 2012 01:00 AM

A young Westsyde man accused of killing his father in September 2011 understood what he was doing, but didn't know it was wrong, a prosecutor said Thursday.

A trial is set for the week of Nov. 5 for Joshua Steel, who is accused of killing 63-year-old Phil Steel.

A report from a court-ordered psychiatrist determined Steel is not criminally responsible by reason of a mental disorder.

The facts of Phil Steel's death are expected to be entered at the trial. The bulk of the two- to three-day trial will hear from a psychiatrist who interviewed Joshua at length.

He lived with his parents in a Westmount home.

"He knew what he was doing," prosecutor Joel Gold told B.C. Supreme court Justice Joel Groves during a pre-trial conference Thursday.

"In his (psychiatrist's) opinion, he didn't know it was wrong."

Two days before Phil Steel's death, Joshua went on a window-smashing spree in the neighbourhood. The psychiatrist is expected to testify that was the first psychotic episode that preceded Phil Steel's death.

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