Closing arguments underway at trial of Toronto senior charged with murder

Date: January 17, 2017 Author: ocsco@ocsco.ca Categories: OCSCO News
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Peter Brooks, 76, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, attempted murder

By The Canadian Press Posted: Nov 29, 2016 6:32 AM ET Last Updated: Nov 29, 2016 2:10 PM ET

A lawyer for a Toronto senior charged with murder is urging jurors at the man's trial to find him not criminally responsible due to a mental disorder.

Charn Gill is telling the jury in closing arguments at Peter Brooks' trial that they must try to understand the senior's state of mind.

Seventy-six-year-old Brooks has pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder of 72-year-old Jocelyn Dickson and the attempted murder of 91-year-old Lourdes Missier.

Crown prosecutors have told jurors that late one night in March 2013, Brooks used his cane to attack Dickson and Missier in their beds at the Wexford Residence in Toronto's east end.

Brooks has testified that a spirit in a dream told him to "beat the crap" out of his two fellow residents, and has insisted he didn't actually intend to harm anyone.

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