Psychiatric evidence key in second-degree murder trial

NANAIMO – Trial of man accused of murdering his biological father is expected to conclude July 18.

The trial of a Nanaimo man accused of murdering his father is expected to conclude July 18.

Aaron Roger Harvey, 27 at the time of the February 2013 incident, was charged with second-degree murder of Roger Harvey, 69, whose body was found at an apartment on Rock City Road. Aaron Harvey suffers from schizophrenia.

According to Jackie Gaudet, Crown counsel, psychiatric evidence is all that remains and is scheduled to be heard on Monday (July 14).

Two forensic psychiatrists, Dr. Wahan Wanis and Dr. Shabehram Lohrasbe, are set to testify.

Judge Mary Humphries will also rule on whether the evidence can be admitted into the Crown’s case.

“Right now, the Crown is trying to prove its case but the Crown would like to open up the possibility to hear psychiatric evidence,” said Gaudet. “It’s the Crown’s view that the court should hear evidence of not criminally responsible by reason of mental disorder.

“That psychiatric evidence will be in a voir dire. It’s like a mini trial within a trial to find out if that evidence is admissible,” she said.

The Supreme Court case, which began on June 23, does not have a jury.