Hearing To Determine If Gardiner Mines Man Not Criminally Responsible
The first day of a hearing starts today to determine whether a Gardiner Mines is not criminally responsible in the death of his partner.
40 year-old Richard Wayne McNeil was charged with first degree murder after the body of 33 year-old Sarabeth Forbes was found in the couple’s home in April.
Two separate psychiatric assessments of McNeil conclude he should be deemed not criminally responsible.
McNeil’s family says he’s been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.
The Crown says it will not be opposing the not criminally responsible designation.
A final decision on the designation rests with Supreme Court Justice Frank Edwards.