Psychiatric test ordered for man in Calgary freeman case

The Montreal man evicted from a Calgary duplex after trying to declare it a sovereign embassy will be evaluated to determine whether he can be held responsible for alleged crimes in Quebec.

MONTREAL — The Montreal man evicted from a Calgary duplex after trying to declare it a sovereign embassy will be evaluated to determine whether he can be held responsible for alleged crimes in Quebec.

Mario Antonacci appeared Tuesday in Quebec court in Montreal.

Judge Jean-Paul Braun granted a request by Atonacci’s lawyer to have him evaluated for criminal responsibility in crimes dating back nearly six years.

Leandre Dube-Laberge told the court that new information suggests Antonacci may not have been mentally well at the time of one of the alleged crimes and it is necessary to have her client assessed.

She said Antonacci is showing more willingness to work with doctors at the institute where he’ll be evaluated and has agreed to share his previous health files with them.

“I order that he be detained and the assessment regarding responsibility be proceeded with at the Pinel Institute,” Braun ruled.

Although the Crown didn’t strongly object, prosecutor Jacques Belanger did question why this issue didn’t come up initially following Antonacci’s arrest.

The accused’s lawyer said it was Antonacci’s daughter, who lived with him around the time of the alleged crimes, who has indicated now that she was concerned about his state at the time.

“It was his words and his general attitude, she was worried about his mental health,” Dube-Laberge said.

Antonacci was declared earlier this month to be fit to stand trial and assist in his own defence.

There were no outbursts in court as the accused sat quietly and listened to the judge. He said he understood what his lawyer was requesting on his behalf.

His previous court appearances since his return from Alberta have been marked by bizarre statements and claims. Antonacci appeared to be keeping his focus on the judge on Tuesday.

Antonacci will remain detained for the time being.

He vanished in the middle of a Montreal trial for aggravated assault in 2010 and remained under the radar until this year after an incident in Alberta.

Rebekah Caverhill said she rented her beige brick, bungalow-style duplex to a man named Andreas Pirelli in November 2011. He promised to fix up the home but not long after, the accused identified himself as a follower of the Freemen-on-the-Land movement.

Members of that group have declared themselves independent of government jurisdiction. Pirelli did the same, claiming her property as an embassy, changing the locks and placing a lien on the home.

It was discovered that Pirelli was actually Antonacci and had skipped out on two court cases against him in Quebec, including the alleged assault of his landlady in Montreal in 2007.

He’s also facing charges in a separate file of break and enter and mischief.

His whereabouts became known to police in Montreal after a high-profile dispute with a Caverhill that came to light in September.

He was eventually arrested by Calgary police on the outstanding bench warrants from Quebec.

Antonacci’s case will return to court on Dec. 13.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Red Deer Rebels goalie Chase Coward tries to find a loose puck during WHL action at the Centrium earlier this season. (Photo by ROB WALLATOR/Red Deer Rebels)
Changes on the horizon for Red Deer Rebels next season

New coach, roster adjustments among top priorities for Sutter this offseason

Renovations and construction have begun at Red Deer Dream Centre. (Photo contributed)
Renovations underway at Red Deer Dream Centre

Christian-based addictions treatment centre

Red Deer County's municipal planning commission gave approval for a new directional sign for a business located near Elnora.
(Image from Red Deer County)
Red Deer County garden centre and winery gets sign approved

Delidais Estate Winery and DA Gardens is located near Elnora

(Advocate file photo)
Red Deer County approves home-based hair salon

Salon would be located in rural residential area just west of Innisfail

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Here is a list of latest COVID-19 restrictions in effect in Alberta

New mandatory health restrictions are now in effect in Alberta. Additional restrictions… Continue reading

In this Thursday, May 14, 2020 photo, a doctor holds his stethoscope during a patient visit in Blackburn, England, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Doctors in British Columbia are being warned they could face investigation or penalties from their regulatory body if they contradict public health orders or guidance about COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Hannah McKay/Pool Photo via AP
B.C. doctors could face penalty for veering from COVID-19 health guidelines: college

B.C. doctors could face penalty for veering from COVID-19 health guidelines: college

A vial of the  AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is shown at a facility in Milton, Ont., on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Alberta says it won't give out more first doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for the time being.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Carlos Osorio - POOL
Hope for a good summer with one dose in arms, if we ‘crush’ COVID-19: Trudeau

Hope for a good summer with one dose in arms, if we ‘crush’ COVID-19: Trudeau

FILE-In this Wednesday, March 17, 2021 file photo, A make-shift memorial is seen outside a business where a multiple fatal shooting occurred on Tuesday, in Acworth, Ga. Robert Aaron Long, 22, accused of killing eight people, six of them women of Asian descent, in shootings at three Atlanta-area massage businesses was indicted Tuesday, May 11, 2021, on murder charges, and a prosecutor filed notice that she'll also seek hate crime charges and the death penalty. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)
Prosecutor plans to seek death penalty in spa shootings

Prosecutor plans to seek death penalty in spa shootings

Labour Minister Harry Bains arrives at B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, June 26, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. pledges to introduce permanent paid sick leave program in January

B.C. pledges to introduce permanent paid sick leave program in January

In this June 8, 2017, file photo, fresh nuts, bolts and fittings are ready to be added to the east leg of the pipeline near St. Ignace, Mich., as Enbridge prepares to test the east and west sides of the Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac in Mackinaw City, Mich. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Dale G Young/Detroit News via AP, File
‘Massive and potentially permanent disruption’: Canada’s bleak view of Line 5 closure

‘Massive and potentially permanent disruption’: Canada’s bleak view of Line 5 closure

A Suncor logo is shown at the company's annual meeting in Calgary, Thursday, May 2, 2019.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Oilsands producer Suncor and utility Atco to pursue ‘world-class’ hydrogen project

Oilsands producer Suncor and utility Atco to pursue ‘world-class’ hydrogen project

A street sign along Bay Street in Toronto's financial district is shown on Tuesday, January 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
North American stock markets rally to pare early losses over inflation concerns

North American stock markets rally to pare early losses over inflation concerns

This photo provided by World Food Prize shows Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted.  On Tuesday, May 11, 2021, Thilsted was named this year's recipient of the $250,000 World Food Prize, which was created by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Norman Borlaug in 1986 to recognize researchers who have improved the quality and availability of food. (Finn Thilsted/World Food Prize via AP)
World Food Prize goes to nutrition expert for fish research

World Food Prize goes to nutrition expert for fish research

Most Read