Find Luka Magnotta not criminally responsible, defence says in closing arguments

If he would not submit to a n evaluation by the Crown’s psychiatrist then he is acting against the system designed to help him if he is not criminally responsible. I think any credibility he had due to his schizophrenia or sympathy we may have had because of this illness is now moot. It was already asking a lot of the public to have any sympathy for him to begin with.

Montreal Gazette

by Sidhartha Banerjee

Luka Rocco Magnotta’s lawyer has asked jurors to find his client not criminally responsible in the slaying and dismemberment of Jun Lin.

Luc Leclair addressed the jury Wednesday, telling them there is no doubt in his mind that Magnotta is schizophrenic and was not of sound mind during the killing in May 2012.

“The verdict of Mr. Magnotta is in your hands,” Leclair told the jury in closing arguments that lasted an hour.

Magnotta, 32, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and four other charges stemming from Lin’s slaying.

He has admitted to causing the death of the 33-year-old Chinese engineering student, but is seeking a verdict of not criminally responsible by way of mental disorder.

Leclair asked jurors to put themselves in the mind of the accused in coming to a decision.

“Insanity is something that you’re going to have to live with,” he told…

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