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Canada Star defence witness to testify at Alek Minassian's murder trial

12:15  30 november  2020
12:15  30 november  2020 Source:   msn.com

Alek Minassian tells doctors different stories on motives for van attack, court hears

  Alek Minassian tells doctors different stories on motives for van attack, court hears TORONTO — Notoriety and fear of failing at a new job were the motives behind the van attack on innocent pedestrians on a busy Toronto sidewalk two years ago, court heard Thursday. That is what Alek Minassian told a psychiatrist about the April 23, 2018 attack, in which 10 people died and 16 others were injured. In an interview with police shortly after his arrest, Minassian said the attack was in retribution against society after years of rejection by women. Later he told a different doctor that he wished he had killed more women and was, indeed, a follower of the so-called "incel movement," which attracts lonely men who hate women because they cannot have sex with them.

Alek Minassian ’ s father testified that some of what his son said appears to closely resemble the manifesto of Elliot Rodger, a mass murderer who is venerated The defence is expected to call two forensic psychiatrists and a psychologist to testify about Minassian ’ s state of mind and his ability to

Alek Minassian has pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of A renowned forensic psychiatrist testified Thursday that in his opinion Alek Minassian does not meet the Dr. John Bradford, who was retained by the defence to assess Minassian , said there may be a

TORONTO — The defence's star witness is set to testify today at the trial of the man who killed 10 people in Toronto's van attack.

a group of people riding on the back of a truck © Provided by The Canadian Press

Dr. Alexander Westphal 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.

He has admitted to planning and carrying out the attacks with his state of mind at the time being the sole issue at trial.

Last week, Westphal refused to testify if court didn't give in to his demands to seal his videotaped interviews with Minassian and play the clips to court in secret.

The judge begrudgingly gave in to sealing the videos after the psychiatrist warned they could incite more violence, but will allow journalists to watch the videos.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 27, 2020.

The Canadian Press

Key witness for defence to testify for fourth day in van attack trial .
TORONTO — The key witness for the defence in Toronto's van attack trial is set to testify for the fourth straight day today. Psychiatrist Dr. Alexander Westphal has stopped short of saying Alek Minassian is not criminally responsible for his actions on April 23, 2018. He says Minassian does not truly understand the moral wrongfulness of killing 10 people by using a van as a weapon. But Westphal says criminal responsibility is a legal opinion, not a psychiatric one.Minassian has pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 of attempted murder.

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