Crown psychiatrist on stand for sixth day at Luka Rocco Magnotta’s murder trial

Luka Rocco Magnotta's lawyer is suggesting the Crown's expert witness cut corners and didn't look at the full evidence before concluding that his client wasn't schizophrenic.

MONTREAL — Luka Rocco Magnotta’s lawyer is suggesting the Crown’s expert witness cut corners and didn’t look at the full evidence before concluding that his client wasn’t schizophrenic.

Dr. Gilles Chamberland is back on the stand today for a sixth day at Magnotta’s first-degree murder trial and is being questioned by defence lawyer Luc Leclair.

Defence psychiatrists have testified they believe Magnotta was psychotic, had been untreated for schizophrenia for at least two years and was unable to tell right from wrong when he killed and dismembered Jun Lin in 2012.

Chamberland doesn’t believe Magnotta is schizophrenic and says there is no reason to believe he didn’t know what he was doing was wrong.

The Crown doctor believes Magnotta suffers from a variety of personality disorders that better explain his behaviour.

Leclair asked him if there was any logic in that conclusion when faced with a thick pile of medical documents that frequently mention schizophrenia.

Chamberland said he stands by his findings after looking at documents and defence expert testimony.

That view is similar to ones Chamberland made during 2012 media interviews about the Magnotta case before he’d been hired.

“It confirmed the opinion I had,” he said of what he took from the evidence.

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