Not criminally responsible: Alek Minassian’s likely defence in Toronto van attack trial, explained


TORONTO — The trial for a man who killed 10 people when he drove a van down a busy Toronto sidewalk is expected to hear defence lawyers argue this week that 28-year-old Alek Minassian should be found not criminally responsible for his actions. Minassian is facing 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder. He has admitted to planning and carrying out the 2018 attack, and the judge presiding over the case has said the trial will turn on his state of mind at the time. Once proceedings get underway Tuesday, defence lawyers are expected to try to convince Justice Anne Molloy that Minassian had a mental illness that rendered him incapable of knowing what he did on April 23, 2018 was wrong.

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