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Psychiatrists duel at hearing

<p>A psychiatrist called to the stand by a convicted teen killer’sdefence lawyer says the accused did feel remorseful, along withregretting that Nina Courtepatte was killed. </p>

A psychiatrist called to the stand by a convicted teen killer’s defence lawyer says the accused did feel remorseful, along with regretting that Nina Courtepatte was killed.


Dr. Alberto Choy said during a hearing yesterday that the woman convicted of manslaughter in the death of Courtepatte, 13, appeared upset when talking about the grisly murder. The woman was 17 when she struck Courtepatte in the head and then held her down while the teen was raped.


“We felt she was sincere, in anything, we felt this was temperate,” said Choy, adding that the woman was polite during the assessment, and was “tearful and distressed” when asked about the offence.


Choy’s testimony comes one day after a psychiatrist told court that the woman, who can’t be identified because she was a minor at the time of the offence, felt more concern about being in jail than regret for the crime.


Dr. Alec Oskin, who was called on as a witness by the Crown Monday, told court the now 20-year-old woman was hostile during his assessment.


The hearing will determine whether the woman will be sentenced as an adult, and closing arguments are expected to begin this morning.


The woman is convicted of kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault and manslaughter for her role in the bludgeoning death of the teen at a golf course west of Edmonton.


-jeff.cummings@metronews.ca

 
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