Lawyer challenges assessment of man charged with attempted murder of cop


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A psychiatrist has found Ali Ngarukiye fit to stand trial.

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Defense attorney representing Ali Ngarukiye, the man accused of attempting to assassinate a Montreal police officer and killing a fellow inmate in prison, challenges a psychiatrist’s assessment who determined he was fit to stand trial.

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Ngarukiye displayed more bizarre behavior on Wednesday as he appeared in person at the Montreal courthouse before Quebec Court judge Guylaine Rivest.

His lawyer, Lloyd Fischler, has asked Rivest to schedule a day in January so he can challenge the psychiatrist’s findings. The psychiatrist must testify at the hearing.

At first, Ngarukiye seemed reluctant to respond as he made his brief appearance. But when Rivest asked him if he recognized Fischler, he replied, “He’s not my lawyer. How can I get a lawyer? I don’t need a lawyer.

Later in the hearing, he interrupted the judge while he was talking to one of the additional guards who stood next to him on the prisoner bench. Before the start of the hearing, a guard informed the court that “special security measures” were needed to allow Ngarukiye to appear in person.

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“Is this some kind of a joke or what, man?” Ngarukiye blurted out, addressing one of the guards.

On Monday, when he appeared by video conference before another judge, Ngarukiye referred to himself several times in the third person.

Prosecutor Louis Bouthillier told Rivest that the psychiatrist’s eight-page summary of the assessment determined that Ngarukiye was fit to stand trial.

Fischler also asked Rivest to order that Ngarukiye remain detained at the Philippe-Pinel psychiatric institute instead of being returned to the Rivière-des-Prairies detention center.

“Things haven’t gone well for him at RDP,” Fischler said.

In June, Ngarukiye was charged with the murder of André Lapierre, 57, inside the Rivière-des-Prairies detention center. Lapierre was there for an alleged violation of conditions imposed on him after receiving statutory release from a federal penitentiary in 2019.

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Ngarukiye was held at the center following his arrest in March as a suspect in the attempted murder of Sanjay Vig, a Montreal police officer, on January 28 in Parc-Extension. Ngarukiye was also charged with intentionally using a prohibited firearm, disarming a police officer, aggravated assault of a police officer and theft of a vehicle.

As a first step, the Montreal police arrested the wrong person, Mamadi Fara Camara, as a suspect in the shooting. Camara was held for days before being released.

Rivest has agreed to set January 24 as the day when Fischler can challenge the psychiatrist’s findings. Fischler requested that his client come to the courthouse in person that day.

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  1. Ngarukiye's lawyer has requested that he be brought to the Montreal courthouse on Wednesday so that they can meet in person before a new hearing is held.

    Man charged with attempted murder of Montreal cop deemed fit to stand trial

  2. Ali Ngarukiye's family members leave the Montreal courtroom on Friday, March 26, 2021.

    Ali Ngarukiye charged with attempted murder of Montreal cop Sanjay Vig

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