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Defence says accused in Calgary caseworker death needs mental assessment

Last Updated Nov 1, 2019 at 11:04 am MDT

The Calgary Police Service's headquarters building is shown in Calgary, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

CALGARY — A young Calgary man charged with killing his caseworker at an assisted-living home remains in custody and is to see a psychiatrist next week.

Brandon Newman is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Deborah Onwu, who was stabbed at the southwest Calgary home on Oct. 25.

The 18-year-old appeared in court through video link and said little during the brief appearance.

His lawyer, Allan Fay, told court he is doubtful that Newman will be capable of instructing a lawyer for his defence.

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Newman is scheduled to meet with a psychiatrist Monday and may be sent for a 30-day psychological assessment.

A group of Onwu’s friends and other caregivers, wearing “Justice for Debbie” T-shirts, were at the court and are calling on the government for more protection for care workers.


The Canadian Press