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Accused in legislature bomb plot in psychiatric hospital

COQUITLAM (NEWS1130) – Legislature bomb plot suspect John Nuttall has been committed to the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Coquitlam, according to the Victoria Times Colonist.

Legal expert Michael Shapray says just because someone is confined to a psychiatric hospital doesn’t mean they’re unable to continue with a trial. “The issue really is whether or not he can continue to appear in court and whether he’s fit to stand trial during the process. He may still be fit to stand trial and give instructions to his lawyer even though he’s committed to a psychiatric facility.”

He says it will have no impact on a potential not criminally responsible plea which has to do with a person’s state of mind leading up to and during a criminal act.

Nuttall was arrested July 1 and charged with attempting to explode three bombs at the BC legislature.