Psychiatric assessment ordered for accused

Psychiatric assessment has been ordered for a Red Deer man who pleaded guilty in Red Deer provincial court on Wednesday to a number of offences committed in 2009 and 2010.

Psychiatric assessment has been ordered for a Red Deer man who pleaded guilty in Red Deer provincial court on Wednesday to a number of offences committed in 2009 and 2010.

Brandon Kevin Wattie, 27, was arrested on outstanding warrants for charges laid in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013.

They include weapons offences laid in Provost in 2009 as well as a number of property offences from Red Deer in subsequent years.

Charges from Provost have been transferred back to provincial court in Vermilion.

Still in custody since his arrest earlier this month, Wattie pleaded guilty to a variety of property offences laid in Red Deer, including break and enters and possession of stolen property.

Defence counsel Michael Scrase asked that sentencing on those charges be adjourned for one month to give time for a psychiatric assessment, including recommendations for a treatment program if a mental disorder or cognitive disability is found.

Wattie will be held at the Calgary Forensic Psychiatry Centre for the assessment. He is to return for sentencing on Sept. 25.