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Pinel requests additional time to evaluate the Laval bus driver Tragedy in Laval

Given the nature of the offense and the complexity of the clinical picture, additional assessments were required, in particular a psychological assessment which unfortunately could not be completed. […]writes psychiatrist Kim Bédard-Charette, of the National Institute of Forensic Psychiatry Philippe-Pinel, in a letter to the court given on Tuesday morning at the Laval forum.

The expert also urges the “cooperation model” of the accused.

The Court of Quebec therefore agreed to extend the thirty days which had been granted to the constitution. The processing of the bus driver file has been extended to April 26.

When he left the court, the prosecuting criminal and penal attorney said he did not know whether the notorious explosion of contacts at the Pinel Institute, due to the lack of resources and the increase in the number of requests, should also be an impact.

Through the letter we understand these assessments which could not be completed, said Me Karine Dalphond.

“Are these delays caused by a lack of expertise or resources? It is not written in the letter. I don’t know, I don’t know, unfortunately. »

– Presented by Me Karine Dalphond, criminal and criminal attorney prosecuted

At the start of the hearing, Peter Ny St-Amand, 51, made his way slowly into the defense box, flanked by five guards.

When the Judge greeted him, he did not say another word.

Photo taken from Peter Ny St-Amand’s Facebook page.

Photo: Facebook/Pierre Ny St-Amand

The driver of the Société de transport de Laval is accused of the first-degree murder of the children Jacob, four years old, and Maëva, five years old. He also faces charges of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault, and four counts of assault causing bodily harm.

The reasons behind this senseless attack are unknown; Peter Ny St-Armand was overcome by relatives and neighbors to try to get off the bus.


At the beginning of the process Peter Ny St-Amand seemed confused. However, he decided to undergo an evaluation of his mental state. The report was signed on February 24.

Assessing criminal responsibility determines the state of mind at the time of the crimes, including whether one can tell right from wrong.

After filing the first psychiatric report, one of the parties may request a second opinion. For Mr. Ny St-Amand to be found not criminally responsible for mental disorder, it will be decided in court or the Director of criminal and penal prosecutions to agree.

The defendant is represented by Me Julien Lesperance Hudon.

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