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Convicted killer denied absolute discharge by BC's top court

BC Court of Appeal (Via Google Street View)

Kenneth Barter, now 45, killed and dismembered his friend Nathan Mayrhofer in 2010

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A mentally ill killer’s latest bid for more freedom has been dismissed by the province’s highest court.

Kenneth Barter, now 45, killed his friend Nathan Mayrhofer in August of 2010, then dismembered the body in his apartment.

Barter was initially charged with second degree murder, but was found to be not criminally responsible the following year because of his schizophrenia.

Since 2015, Barter has been allowed to leave the Colony Farm psychiatric hospital in Coquitlam, as long as he’s escorted. He is also not allowed to have any contact with the victim’s family.

During his annual review earlier this year, his psychiatrist determined he “continues to exhibit symptoms of his mental disorder” and “remains a significant threat to the public” because of his violent history.

Three court of appeal judges have now unanimously upheld the BC Review Board’s decision to keep Barter under a conditional discharge.