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Canada Alek Minassian not psychotic at time of van attack, psychiatrist testifies

22:10  26 november  2020
22:10  26 november  2020 Source:   msn.com

No remorse or apology, Alek Minassian's father testifies at van attack trial

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Minassian 's father testified earlier this week that his son claimed he didn't do anything wrong, showed no remorse, and offered no apology for the attack . A psychiatrist has testified that the man who killed 10 people in Toronto’s van attack struggles to understand both his and other people’s emotions.

Alek Minassian has not shown any remorse or apologized for killing 10 people and injuring 16 more in Toronto’s van attack , his father testified Monday as he Court heard last week that a psychiatrist hired by the defence found Minassian had an “autistic way of thinking” that was similar to psychosis .

TORONTO — A renowned forensic psychiatrist says Alek Minassian was not psychotic before, during or after he drove a van down a busy Toronto sidewalk killing 10 people and injured 16 others.

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Dr. John Bradford is testifying today that the 28-year-old from Richmond Hill, Ont., has never shown any symptoms of psychosis.

Minassian has pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder.

His lawyers have asked that Minassian be found not criminally responsible for his actions on April 23, 2018 due to autism spectrum disorder.

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Bradford has evaluated some of Canada's most notorious killers including Robert Pickton, Paul Bernardo and Russell Williams.

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The psychiatrist became involved in the van attack case when court ordered Minassian to undergo a psychiatric assessment in 2018. The defence has called Bradford to testify.

He told court, which is being held by videoconference due to the pandemic, that more than 90 per cent of those found not criminally responsible in Canada have a psychotic condition, such as schizophrenia.

"I did not observe nor was there any history from family or other sources that there were signs of, or symptoms present, before the incident and in my opinion during the incident or after the incident."

Minassian has admitted in court to planning and carrying out the attack, leaving his state of mind at the time of the attack the sole issue at trial.

Court has heard that only one psychiatrist, Dr. Alexander Westphal, is expected to testify that Minassian is not criminally responsible for his actions that day due to autism spectrum disorder.

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Taking the virtual stand Monday in Alek Minassian ’s trial for the Toronto van attack is Dr. John Bradford, a renowned Canadian forensic psychiatrist who is expected to offer his view on whether Minassian is criminally responsible. Minassian , 28, has pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of first-degree

TORONTO - Alek Minassian has not shown any remorse or apologized for killing 10 people and injuring 16 more in Toronto’s van attack , his father testified Alek Minassian has admitted to planning and carrying out the attack , but he has pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of first-degree murder

Bradford said Thursday there is some type of link between autism and mass murder, although it is poorly understood.

He said a small number of people, about a handful of people with autism spectrum disorder have committed mass homicides or serial killings and notes that those with the disorder are far more likely to be victims of violence.

"There seems to be some relationship between autism and mass homicide," said Bradford.

He said he saw Minassian at least 10 times while a team evaluated him at St. Joseph Healthcare Hamilton during the summer of 2018, a few months after the attack.

He said Minassian tried to kill himself in jail by drinking soap just prior to being transferred to the hospital, so they kept him under suicide watch for a period.

However, no suicide note has been found nor was any type of  manifesto found, he said.

"We never saw him be depressed, but he was regarded as suicide risk," he said. "It didn’t seem to be coming out of depression. His affect was quite flat."

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Bradford also said Minassian is not a psychopath. He said Minassian has lied a few times, but nothing on the scale of someone with psychopathy, which is more appropriately referred to as anti-social disorder.

He said Minassian has no history of violence, no child delinquency or anti-social behaviours.

"He does have problems with empathy, but I believe that comes from the autism spectrum disorder as opposed to anti-social personality disorder or psychopathy," Bradford said.

Dr. Rebecca Chauhan, a forensic psychiatrist who works with Bradford, previously testified that Minassian's autism spectrum disorder left him fixated on mass killings and vulnerable to the ramblings of an American mass murderer.

Both psychiatrists said Minassian has had a long interest in mass murders. Court has heard Minassian fantasized about shooting students at his high school, but never acted on it in part because he did not know how to get a gun.

Minassian has told various doctors his motivation for the attacks ranged from notoriety to revenge against society for years of rejection by women to anxiety over starting a new job.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 26, 2020.

Liam Casey, The Canadian Press

Defence's star witness to continue testimony at Toronto's van attack trial .
TORONTO — A psychiatrist hired by the defence is set to continue his testimony today at the trial for the man who killed 10 people in Toronto's van attack. Dr. Alexander Westphal says Minassian suffered from a lack of empathy and struggled to understood others his entire life. Westphal is testifying on behalf of the defence and is expected to say Alek Minassian is not criminally responsible for his actions on April 23, 2018, due to autism spectrum disorder. Minassian has pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 of attempted murder. Video: Autism defence presented at Toronto van attack trial (cbc.

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