Mind of man charged in WCB hostage incident ’disturbed’ lawyer tells judge

The defence lawyer for a man charged in a hostage incident last month at Alberta’s Workers’ Compensation Board in Edmonton says his client’s mind was significantly disturbed at the time.

EDMONTON — The defence lawyer for a man charged in a hostage incident last month at Alberta’s Workers’ Compensation Board in Edmonton says his client’s mind was significantly disturbed at the time.

Peter Royal asked at a court hearing that his client be remanded for a 30-day psychiatric assessment so doctors at Alberta Hospital could determine whether he may have been criminally responsible for his actions.

The request was granted by a Provincial court judge.

Clayton is charged with unlawful confinement and several weapons-related offences in the Oct. 21 incident.

Police negotiated with a gunman for over 10 hours before he eventually surrendered without any harm coming to the hostages.

Clayton is expected to make another court appearance Dec. 18.

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