Quebec Court Judge Hélène Morin had requested a second evaluation during a court hearing last month in the first-degree murder case of Maor Attar. Attar 19, is accused of stabbing to death his 14 year old sister Shirel in their Côte Saint-Luc home on Aug. 9, 2010.
Forensic psychiatrist Chantale Bouchard determined Attar was not criminally responsible for the Aug. 9 slaying in the family’s home on Randall Ave. because he was suffering from schizophrenia with psychotic episodes. His illness was not discovered until after his sister was slain. This assessment confirms a report by a defence psychiatrist last fall, which said he was schizophrenic suffering from psychotic episodes at the time of the murder.
An initial report had concluded Attar was fit to stand trial for premeditated first degree murder. Maor Attar actions following the killing also suggested an understanding that his actions were indeed “wrong”.
Bouchard assessment is expected to lead to Maor Attar acquittal in early January in the death of Shirel Attar. No one is responsible for her death….
Crown prosecutor is Hélène Di Salvo. Daniel Lighter is the defence lawyer.
Update January 10 2011
The Crown won’t challenge an assessment that Maor Attar, the man charged with killing his sister last year, was not criminally responsible for his actions at the time of the slaying.
Prosecutor Helen Di Salvo made the announcement during a brief hearing at the Montreal courthouse.
A court date has been set for March 16 to finalize the details on Maor Attar acquittal.