An 18-year-old male has been found not criminally responsible for the murder of a Middle Sackville woman earlier this year due to a mental disorder.
The teen, who was 17 at the time and whose identity is protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was picked up by police walking naked down Sackville Drive on the afternoon of Feb. 5 after officers discovered Joy Ann Wright’s body inside a home on Hewer Crescent in Middle Sackville.
The male was then charged with second-degree murder in Wright’s death. Yesterday, he was deemed unfit to stand trial by Judge Pam Williams at Halifax youth court.
Dr. Aileen Brunet, a psychiatrist at the IWK Health Centre, reportedly testified the teen suffered from psychosis at the time of the killing.
The teen, who is also from Middle Sackville, will now meet with the Nova Scotia Criminal Code Review Board within the next 45 days to decide where he goes from here. The review board is responsible for performing ongoing mental health assessments on people who have been found to be not criminally responsible due to mental illness.
Until then, the boy will continue to be held at the IWK Health Centre, where he has been in custody since his arrest.