Assault suspect will be assessed

A man charged with sexually assaulting a Red Deer senior could have a psychiatric assessment done in a Calgary hospital.

A man charged with sexually assaulting a Red Deer senior could have a psychiatric assessment done in a Calgary hospital.

Jesse Peter Toews, 25, of Red Deer was ordered to get a full psychiatric and psychological assessment at the Southern Alberta Forensic Psychiatric Centre, his lawyer Arnold Piragoff told court Wednesday.

Toews is charged with robbing and sexually assaulting an elderly woman on July 29. He will return to court Nov. 9 to enter a plea and have a possible bail review.

Toews is alleged to have attacked the woman in a wooded area near 67th Street and 52nd Avenue and stole her purse and watch before fleeing.

This is the second attempt by the court to have the accused assessed for his fitness to stand trial.

A month ago he was ordered to be sent to Alberta Hospital Edmonton for assessment but that never occurred.

Piragoff told Judge Bert Skinner he didn’t know why but suspects in part it could be because of the recent cutbacks and bed closures at the hospital, announced by the provincial government.

“They gave various reasons and part of it could be the health-care system,” Piragoff said in answering Skinner’s question why the assessment wasn’t performed.

“Whatever the reason, it will be done,” Piragoff added.

It is also alleged that Toews threw a person into a closet during an Aug. 6 dispute and then smashed a cellphone before running off.

He also faces a cruelty to animals charge in relation to the death of a kitten that was allegedly thrown against a wall and killed.

Toews has been charged with sexual assault, forcible confinement, robbery, making death threats and mischief to property. He also faces a charge of failing to appear in court.

Piragoff earlier told court that Toews’ mother told him her son suffered from a bipolar condition and a split personality.

jwilson@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Break-in at Red Deer business

Social media reports confirm a business break and enter in Red Deer… Continue reading

‘Rough waters’: Spill raises new questions about fast-growing N.L. oil industry

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador’s ambitious plans to dramatically expand… Continue reading

Trudeau rules out snap election call, national ballot slated for Oct. 21

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says there will be no early… Continue reading

Canadian firm says it has found largest diamond ever unearthed in North America

YELLOWKNIFE — A Canadian mining firm says it has unearthed the largest… Continue reading

Man from Olds killed in collision near Sundre

A 39-year-old man from Olds was killed in a collision near Sundre… Continue reading

WATCH: More than 100 protest UN migration pact, carbon tax in Red Deer

Chants of “Trudeau must go” echoed through the streets of downtown Red… Continue reading

Baloo the cat is back at home after being mistakenly shipped to Montreal

HALIFAX — Much to the relief of his loving family, Baloo the… Continue reading

‘It’s what we do’: Famous Newfoundlanders help replace veteran’s stolen guitar

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Two famous Newfoundlanders stepped in to help an… Continue reading

Quebec’s anti-corruption unit blames media coverage for recruiting troubles

MONTREAL — Seven years after it was created, Quebec’s anti-corruption unit is… Continue reading

Former PQ cabinet minister poised to become next Bloc Quebecois leader

MONTREAL — It appears likely that Yves-Francois Blanchet, a former Parti Quebecois… Continue reading

J&J hammered by report it knew of asbestos in baby powder

NEW YORK — Johnson & Johnson on Friday forcefully denied a media… Continue reading

Police want direct talk with missing Colorado woman’s fiance

DENVER — An official leading the search for a missing Colorado woman… Continue reading

Death of 7-year-old on border raises questions

WASHINGTON — Just 7 years old, Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin was… Continue reading

Tkachuk’s goal in 3rd gives Flames 2-1 win over Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Matthew Tkachuk scored the go-ahead goal midway through… Continue reading

Most Read