When the system fails….

A horrific murder case that culminated with a dismembered body stuffed into a fridge has ended with Kenneth Barter being found not criminally responsible for killing 32-year-old Nathan Mayrhofer. Barters family had struggled with the health system for the last six or seven years to try and get their son properly treated.

Kenneth Barter, 37, was ordered to undergo a psychiatric assessment after being charged with second-degree murder in the death of Nathan Mayrhofer in August 2010. Barter admitted to beating Mayrhofer to death with a hammer while in a delusional state, and cutting up his body to store in his apartment refrigerator, the Crown says.

Judge Peter Rogers ordered Barter to be placed at the Forensic Psychiatric Institute in Coquitlam, where his case will be reviewed by a group of psychiatrists.

Barter’s defense lawyer, Juan O’Quinn stated in media reports, that Barter had very little contact with the legal system before the events of August.  The Barters family has struggled with the health system for the last six or seven years to try and get their son properly treated.

Barter, who had been taking medication and seeing a psychiatrist on a regular basis, stopped going to see the psychiatrist for a short period of time. In March, 2010, he tried to see the psychiatrist but because he had stopped, he was told he needed a referral from his doctor, which he got. An appointment was made in April but the earliest Barter could get in to see the psychiatrist was October.
Crown prosecutor Howard Pontious appears to have avoided making any comments on the apparent lack of any suitable treatment prior to the murder.

Memories of Nathan Mayrhofer