Attorney states presume in Toronto van strike has autism range condition as support starts situation

A lawyer for a man who killed 10 people and injured 16 others in the Toronto van attack says his client has autism spectrum disorder and is not faking his symptoms.

Alek Minassian has pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder.

The 28-year-old has asked court to find him not criminally responsible for his actions on April 23, 2018 due to a mental disorder.

Defence lawyer Boris Bytensky says Minassian does not suffer from any psychopathy or anti-social disorder, and is not narcissistic.

The case will turn solely on Minassian’s state of mind at the time of the attack and arguments in court suggest his lawyers will use autism as part of the defence.

Minassian has admitted to planning and carrying out the attack.

Court heard last week a psychiatrist hired by the defence found Minassian had an “autistic way of thinking” that was similar to psychosis.

Minassian’s father is expected to testify later today about his son’s life and state of mind.

This article first published here

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