Advertisement

Toronto van attack suspect’s trial recessed to allow review of forensic psychiatrist interviews

Click to play video 'Angry reaction to autism defence claims in Alek Minassian trial' Angry reaction to autism defence claims in Alek Minassian trial
WATCH ABOVE: Lawyers for the perpetrator of the Yonge Street van attack are arguing that his autism spectrum disorder made him unable to understand his action were wrong. Alan Carter speaks with the chair of the board for Autism Canada – Nov 18, 2020

TORONTO – The murder trial for the man who killed 10 people after driving a van down a crowded Toronto sidewalk has been delayed until Thursday.

The judge has given the Crown and its experts a few days to review a defence-hired psychiatrist’s interviews with Alek Minassian.

Read more: Judge to seal interviews of Alek Minassian that psychiatrist says may incite violence

The 28-year-old Minassian faces 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder.

He argues he should be found not criminally responsible due to autism spectrum disorder for his actions on April 23, 2018.

Minassian has admitted to planning and carrying out the attack and his state of mind at the time is the sole issue at trial.

Story continues below advertisement

Another psychiatrist has testified that Minassian’s autism spectrum disorder left him fixated on mass killings and vulnerable to the ramblings of an American mass murderer.