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B.C. man who killed mother with an axe found not criminally responsible

BY The Canadian Press, May 12, 2022 12:06 AM - REPORT AN ERROR

A man from Gibsons who killed his sleeping mother with an axe has been found not criminally responsible because of a mental disorder. (Photo - The Canadian Press)

A man from Gibsons who killed his sleeping mother with an axe has been found not criminally responsible because of a mental disorder.

Kevin Webster had been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Moirin Webster on December 27th, 2020.

BC Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey Gomery says Webster had suffered from schizophrenia for years and was ``psychotically driven'' by the paranoid belief that he was the target of a murderous conspiracy by his family.

The judge said he agreed with the Crown and defence that it was appropriate to find Webster not criminally responsible and order him held in custody at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Coquitlam.

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