A renowned forensic psychiatrist testified Thursday that in his opinion Alek Minassian does not meet the test to be found not criminally responsible for running down pedestrians in a rented van, killing 10 people and injuring 16.
Dr. John Bradford, who was retained by the defence to assess Minassian, said there may be a “hypothetical pathway” to a not criminally responsible finding available to Minassian based on his autism spectrum disorder alone — something that would be a legal first in Canada. But, based on Bradford’s own admittedly limited expertise with autism spectrum disorder, he doesn’t think it is viable because the symptoms of the disorder do not appear to deprive a person of an operating mind.
“My personal opinion is that, I accept that autism spectrum disorder, including high-functioning autism spectrum disorder, is a significant mental disorder. I don’t believe it reaches the impact that psychosis does,” Bradford said.