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Man ‘not criminally responsible’ for his father’s death: court
Julia Parrish, CTV Edmonton
Published Friday, September 7, 2012 5:16PM MDT
More than a year after he used a family vehicle to kill his father – Steven Heer has been found ‘not criminally responsible’ for the violent act.
On Friday, the court agreed with psychiatric reports and testimony that Heer, 28, suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.
The special hearing came after the August 2011 incident that left the father of the accused, 59-year-old Mohan Heer, dead.
At the time, witnesses told CTV News the accused used a family vehicle to run over his father in the driveway of their south side home.
Court had heard Heer believed his father had been possessed by a demon at the time.
“My client, unfortunately, didn’t get the help he required,” Brian Hurley, Heer’s lawyer said outside the Law Courts in Edmonton Friday. “The family is very supportive of him, and very concerned that despite their efforts to get help for him before this tragic day, that the help wasn’t there for them.”
Now, Heer’s future is not up to the courts – a hearing will be held for him at Alberta Hospital within 45 days, to decide his treatment and where he will be housed.
Steven Heer is shown in a court sketch from a court appearance in August, 2011.