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  • Psychiatrist Testifies at Graham Veitch Second Degree Murder Trial

    A Forensic Psychiatrist that completed an assessment on 21-year-old Graham Veitch says the young man believed David Collins was going to kill him, and that killing Collins was the right thing to do.

    Veitch admits to killing Collins, his mother’s boyfriend, but the defence is looking for a Not Criminally Responsible conviction for Veitch.

    Forensic Psychiatrist Dr. Nizer Ladha assessed Graham Veitch, and completed a report in December 2017. Today, Ladha testified as an expert witness for the defence.

    Dr. Ladha diagnosed Veitch as schizophrenic. His report found that Veitch believed David Collins was going to kill him, and that killing Collins was the right thing to do. Ladha says Veitch felt his mother and brother were in danger.

    It happened on December 18, 2016 at the family’s home in Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove. Veitch had supper with the victim, and his mother on the evening in question. Afterwards he went upstairs, and came back down with a hammer. He approached Collins from behind, striking him multiple times on his head.

    Dr. Ladha told the court that Veitch, “didn’t appreciate the nature and consequences of his actions.”

    He says Veitch was likely experiencing psychosis at the time of the assault.

    The defence concedes Veitch killed Collins. Now they must prove to the judge that he was not criminally responsible.

    Trial resumes May 27.

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