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Not criminally responsible defence possible in Yaletown fatal stabbing

Lindsay Scott is charged with second-degree murder and assault in the death of Justin Mohrman.
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Justin Mohrman, 29, was walking in Yaletown when he was fatally stabbed.

The woman accused in a fatal stranger stabbing in Vancouver's Yaletown neighbourhood could make a not criminally responsible argument due to a mental health disorder, a Vancouver Provincial Court judge heard March 16.

Lindsay Scott is facing second-degree murder and assault charges in the death of Justin Mohrman.

The 29-year-old man was walking near Smith and Homer Streets around 8:30 a.m. on July 11, 2022, when he was stabbed. He was taken to hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Scott was arrested at Main and Hastings Streets shortly after the incident.

Police said there was no evidence to suggest the victim and his attacker knew each other at the time.

"We believe they were strangers," Sgt. Steve Addison said.

Last November, defence lawyer John Turner told a judge that Scott's mental state at the time of the allegations was an issue.

Another judge ordered an assessment in January 2023.

The Crown prosecutor, Brendan McCabe, told Judge Harbans Dhillion there had been issues getting Scott into the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital. As a result, the judge has extended the time needed for the assessment. 

Turner said the not criminally responsible defence remains pending.

The case is set to return to court on April 14.



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