posted on Jul, 10 2011 @ 09:53 AM
MONTREAL - Close to half of all Canadians found not criminally responsible because of mental-health reasons were judged in Quebec courts,
according to the most recent study from the federal justice department.
More than 3,770 of a total of 8,579 of these verdicts between 1992 and 2004 came from Quebec courts, even though the province has less than a quarter
of the Canadian population.
Ontario, Canada's most populous province, had 37% of the not criminally responsible for reasons of mental health verdicts in the same time period.
The most recent high-profile case with this kind of verdict came out of Quebec. Former cardiologist Guy Turcotte was found not criminally responsible
because of his mental state last week in a Quebec court after he admitted to stabbing his two young children to death.
Although the decision sparked outrage and shock among members of the public, these types of verdicts have increased by 50% in the last 20 years - a
spike largely attributable to Quebec courts.
What is going on in Quebec?
I'm having a real hard time accepting a cardiologist, a very highly educated man, suddenly went crazy and stabbed his two children. Infact, it seems
the he wasn't crazy at all.
Cardiologist Guy Turcotte wasn't suffering from schizophrenia, psychosis, manic depression or a personality disorder the night he stabbed his
children to death.
The 39-year-old had always been in good physical health, had a flawless work record, and had never dabbled in drugs or delinquency as a teen.
So what possessed him on Feb. 20, 2009, to grip a knife with two hands and plunge it repeatedly into the tiny torsos of his children, Olivier, 5 and
Anne-Sophie, 3, despite their painful moans?
He just couldn't take it any more. That was the conclusion drawn by Roch-Hugo Bouchard, a psychiatrist hired by the defence who spent more than two
hours with Turcotte March 4 at the Rivière des Prairies detention centre.
So instead of seeking help for his depression from anyone like friends, family, doctors, psychologists,etc, he just decided he had enough and killed
his kids. He killed his kids becuase he was depressed!!!!!
When has depression ever been considered a mental illness that affects your sense of right and wrong? Isn't the whole point of the mental illness
defence to show the defendent didn't know right from wrong when they commited the crime?
I knew Canadian justice was weak but I had no idea Quebec was reaching soo many verdicts and I am shocked by it. To let a child murderer off of murder
charges becuase he was depressed is insane. Just imagine what other insane verdicts must be included in that tally of 3,770.
This is soo sickening and disgraceful to read, what the hell is happening in Quebec?