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Hearing set for Layman’s not-criminally-responsible defence


A hearing to present evidence for a not-criminally-responsible defence for Nick Layman has been set for next month.

Nick Layman is escorted out of provincial court in St. John's Thursday.

Layman is suspected of stabbing an 11-year-old boy on a Conception Bay South soccer field last year.

Last week, Crown prosecutor Phil LeFeuvre had requested a more time to receive a report from a mainland doctor before proceeding in the case.

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When the case was called in provincial court in St. John's this morning, defence lawyer Mark Gruchy said he and the Crown are close to resolving the matter.

"Myself and Mr. LeFeuvre have been working together towards a resolution of this issue," Gruchy told Judge Lori Marshall.

"Mr. LeFeuvre has received the reports and we are now deep into discussions."

The Crown previously indicated it won't be calling an expert to refute a not-criminally- responsible defence.

LeFeuvre suggested that, in following procedure, Gruchy first formally enter the plea, but Gruchy opted to wait until the hearing.

"At this stage, I've had no opportunity to actually sit down with Mr. Layman and talk about election details," Gruchy said.

LeFeuvre and the judge had no issues with holding off on that.

They agreed to schedule the hearing for Oct. 29.

Lawyers indicated that, at that time, a statement of facts will be presented and much evidence will be called, including testimony from psychiatrist Dr. Jasbir Gill, who has been treating Layman at the Waterford Hospital.

Layman has been deemed mentally fit to stand trial, but remains at the hospital to maintain his mental fitness.

Layman is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and assault with a weapon.

He was arrested on the evening of Sept. 25, 2014, after the stabbing incident.

The 11-year-old victim was one of many children on the soccer pitch in Topsail taking part in a skills camp when Layman allegedly leapt from the bleachers and stabbed him in the neck, chest and shoulders multiple times before running away.

The victim was taken to a St. John’s hospital and was in serious condition for weeks. He has since recovered and is back at school.

Layman also has charges pending from last year in Nova Scotia.

They include theft from Wal-Mart in Cole Harbour, and theft from Sobeys in Halifax, theft from Sobeys and Sears in Dartmouth, as well as possessing stolen property and breaches of court orders — all from June of last year.

 

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