A newly released court document reveals that Luka Magnotta, an accused killer who dismembered a Montreal university student from China, has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in the past as a teenager. A report confirms that a letter undermining his mental health was previously filed in the Ontario Court of Justice in June, 2005, when Mr. Magnotta, using the name of Eric Clinton Newman, was convicted for fraud in Toronto.
A copy of the letter was recently released on Wednesday in result of an application submitted by numerous media outlets, which Mr. Magnotta’s lawyer, Luc Leclair, argued not to be released, however Justice Fergus O’Donnell ruled it should be made public. The letter authored by the Rouge Valley Health System, almost eight years ago, reveals that the state of Mr. Magnotta’s mental health. Mr. Magnotta, who grew up in a Toronto suburb, has been recently charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Lin Jun, a 33-year-old student from China decent who was studying computer engineering at Concordia University in Montreal. Mr. Magnotta’s preliminary hearing started last month and is scheduled to conclude on April 8.
The letter from Rouge Valley Health System, dated on May 30, 2005, reports a psychiatrist, Thuraisamy Sooriabalan, confirming that Mr. Magnotta has been his patient for past five years. The doctor confirms that he was being treated for “a major psychiatric disorder,” and “he has been suffering from this condition [paranoid schizophrenia] for more than five years, and he has had admissions to impatient units at various hospitals.”
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