Canada jury finds Guyana-born woman unfit to stand trial for murder

Lester Mason
December 7, 2017

A woman charged in an apparently unprovoked fatal stabbing in Toronto's financial district was declared unfit to stand trial Tuesday, with a judge ordering her to spend two months receiving treatment at a mental health facility.

Rohinie Bisesar is charged with first-degree murder for the stabbing death of 28-year-old Rosemarie Junor on December 11, 2015.

Bisesar has maintained that she does not have any mental disorder, but has said she believes she is being controlled by electronic devices that have been implanted in her and believes she would be fine if the "devices" were removed. She also claimed Junor is not really dead.

According to an online report from The Toronto Star, both the Crown and defence agreed with the opinion of a forensic psychiatrist that Bisesar suffers from schizophrenia and would be unable to conduct a defence or instruct her legal counsel.

Throughout the proceedings, Bisesar often interjected while McMahon spoke and provided long-winded answers when questioned by her lawyer. Dr. Swayze on Monday recommended 60 days, the maximum. After that period, Bisesar will return to the court for a new fitness hearing in front of a new jury.

She is scheduled to return to court on February 9.

"If she has become fit, we are then able to proceed towards trial", Karrass said.

Biseasar listened quietly to McMahon as he issued her treatment order.

McMahon responded that someone found unfit is not legally allowed to represent themselves. Swayze said Bisesar's mind is impaired by hallucinations and delusions.

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