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Shelburne County man charged with aggravated assault remanded for 30-day psychiatric evaluation

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Shelburne Court House. - Tina Comeau

SHELBURNE COUNTY – A Shelburne County man facing multiple charges of assault and aggravated assault has been remanded to the East Coast Forensic Hospital in Dartmouth for a 30-day psychiatric evaluation.

Grigorios Laberakis, 59, has been in custody since Jan. 10 after being arrested by the RCMP at his home on the Blanche Road.

Laberakis was ordered to undergo the 30-day psychiatric evaluation during an appearance in Shelburne provincial court on Jan. 30.

He is due back in court on Feb. 28.

The Barrington RCMP started an investigation on Jan. 9 into an alleged assault that they say had occurred on Blanche Road. “The victim told police that he was driving past a home, when the suspect ran out of the home, confronted him, and while he was in his vehicle, head butted him and spat at him,” read an RCMP media release.

When the RCMP went to the residence to arrest Laberakis, they say he resisted arrest, striking and injuring two police officers with a walking stick. The RCMP said officers used a Taser and pepper spray to gain control of him.

Laberakis is facing charges of aggravated assault, four counts of assault with a weapon, assault, resisting arrest and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

Barrington residents on the Blanche Road have spoken out in the past about their neighbour, raising concern about his behaviour while living on the road.

Laberakis was found not criminally responsible, due to a mental disorder, for shooting and killing two neighbours in east-end Toronto in October 2001. He was granted an absolute discharge in 2012 by the Ontario Court of Appeal, overruling a decision by the Ontario Review Board that his freedom continue to be subject to conditions.

A portion of that 2012 Court of Appeal ruling reads, “There was no positive evidence on which the (Ontario Review) Board could have found that Mr. Laberakis continued to pose a significant threat to the safety of the public. The index offences, although very serious, occurred in 2001; the appellant has been living in the community for almost five years now; there is no evidence of non-adherence to medication; he has strong community support; the treatment team and the hospital support the disposition of an absolute discharge. There is no factual basis to support a finding that the appellant poses significant threat to the community.”

The Court of Appeal ruling said that risk assessment tests indicated that Laberakis posed a low risk to the community. There was reference in ruling, stemming from a doctor’s testimony, that Laberakis agreed it was important to remain on medication he was on at the time, “in order to avoid returning to the same state of mind that produced the terrible events.” The doctor referenced in the ruling was of the opinion Laberakis would continue taking his medication and supported an absolute discharge. The ruling said there was no expert opinion offered to the contrary.

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