The Philippe-Pinel Institute has completed the psychiatric report of Pierre Ny St-Amand, this bus driver who ran into a daycare center in Laval. The lawyers, however, had only a few minutes to consult the 22-page document on Wednesday and asked the Court to postpone the case to June 13, at the Laval courthouse.
The psychiatric hospital took 60 days to complete the assessment of Pierre Ny St-Amand, who is accused of killing two children and injuring several others, on February 8 in the Sainte-Rose district of Laval . The 51-year-old is charged with nine counts of homicide and dangerous driving causing death.
The defense lawyer, Me Julien Lespérance Hudon, asked that the report be placed under seal. He also said that Mr. St-Amand would remain at the Philippe-Pinel Institute and that he would not be sent to a detention center even if the assessment is completed. This assessment aims to determine the criminal responsibility of the accused at the time of the crime.
“The report was filed this very morning in court,” he said in a scrum. We are talking about a 22-page report. In a report, it is not just conclusions that say yes or no. It’s in the details. There is the concept of not criminally responsible at the medical level, but it must also apply at the legal level. They are two different concepts. »
The Crown prosecutor agreed to the postponement of the hearing and the sealing of the psychiatric report. “[The report] is sealed to prevent members of the public from seeing it. This is a report that contains, as you know, very personal information,” explained Me Karine Dalphond.
The Crown has not closed the door to the idea of requesting a second opinion in June.