Psychiatric assessment for accused in Calgary case worker's death extended

CALGARY — An extra three weeks have been granted for the psychiatric assessment of an 18-year-old charged with killing his case worker at an assisted-living home in Calgary.

Brandon Newman, who remains in custody, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Deborah Onwu, who was stabbed at the home on Oct. 25.

A 30-day review was ordered last month for the accused at the Southern Alberta Forensic Psychiatry Centre, but court heard today that more time was required.

Newman appeared in court briefly.

His lawyer has expressed concern that his client won't be able to properly instruct a lawyer for his defence and has described him as "childlike."

The case is to be back in court on Dec. 20.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 2, 2019.

 

 

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