Series of murders in Montreal: the suspect was free even if he could be dangerous

Montreal Murder Series: Suspect Was Free s’it could be dangerous

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The young man who allegedly shot dead three unknown men in 24 hours was recently released by a court, even though he posed a “significant risk to public safety”.

Abdulla Shaikh was monitored by the Mental Disorder Review Commission (CETM). For four years, the 26-year-old man had accumulated stays in the psychiatric hospital, where doctors tried to control his schizophrenia. Specialists have also diagnosed him with antisocial and narcissistic personality traits.

The alleged murderer lived with his parents in this building in Laval.

Despite “a total denial” of his illness and a “history of non-compliance with treatment”, the CETM ruled last March that conditional release was appropriate in his case.

Or , it seems that Shaikh has not respected his conditions – including that of keeping the peace – since the authorities suspect him of being at the origin of three gratuitous murders committed in 24 hours, in Montreal and Laval. 

The police tracked him down yesterday morning in a motel in the Saint-Laurent borough. 

When officers from the Tactical Intervention Group (GTI) tried to enter his room, the The suspect allegedly fired two shots at them, according to our information.

The police would have had no choice but to fire in turn, killing Shaikh instantly. 

“When I heard the shots, I just laid down on the ground,” said Gustavo Camara Gomez, who was staying at the same motel.

Assault on his ex-spouse

The young man's setbacks with the law are not new. In 2016, he was accused of punching, threatening and sexually assaulting an ex-spouse in a Laval park. His trial was to take place in January.

According to documents consulted by our Investigation Office, Shaikh allegedly forced the young woman to perform oral sex on him. 

When the complainant tried to flee, he allegedly chased her, saying, “If you see the police and I'm going to jail because of you, believe me I'm going to send someone to your house to do you harm. wrong “. A few weeks later, Shaikh reportedly joined the young woman at her home in the middle of the night to throw a glass of water in her face.

“When we heard the news [of his death], we were relieved , Sadly. It’s sad, “said someone close to her yesterday.

Since these events, Shaikh had been banned from possessing weapons.

Burning his passport

“He was a madman, completely tripped, dropped a knowledgeable source who requested anonymity. He could call relatives at 3 a.m. in the midst of a crisis. »

It was during one of his delusions, in the summer of 2018, that he went to Montreal-Trudeau airport to burn his passport with a candle. After a psychiatric evaluation, he was found not criminally responsible for having prevented, interrupted or interfered with the operation of an airport.

-With Michaël Nguyen, Frédérique Giguère, Laurent Lavoie, Nicolas Brasseur and Maxime Deland, QMI Agency

THE THREE VICTIMS

André Fernand Lemieux
64 years old“> André Fernand Lemieux
64 years old

Mohamed Salah Belhaj
48 years old“> Mohamed Salah Belhaj
48 years old

Alex Lévis-Crevier
22 years old“> Alex Lévis-Crevier
22 years old

His psychiatric journey

June 2018

First hospitalization He is incoherent and disorganized. being intoxicated with salmon. No collaboration.

July 2018 

Airport event. In three days, he appeared six times on the spot. He gets kicked out every time. He burns his passport there with a candle. Accused of mischief.

November 2018

Declared not criminally responsible by judge Joëlle Roy, who orders his strict detention.

January 2019

First hearing of the Commission for the Review of Mental Disorders (CETM). He refuses the medication. Detention maintained, but with the possibility of releases.

April 2019

A blood test proves that he is not taking his medication. He denies his illness. 

June 2019

Second CETM hearing. Significant risk of dangerousness, but parole recommended, and obtained.

December 2019

Refuses to collaborate with the outpatient clinic. Transferred to a new psychiatrist.

May 2020

Discontinued medication.

June 2020

Rehospitalized due to dangerous behavior. Irritable, dismissive and aggressive with staff.

September 2020

Third CETM hearing. Points an imaginary gun to his head, staring at the psychiatrist. They say he is a liar. Orderly detention, with the possibility of releases.

January 2021

Fourth hearing of the CETM. Conditional release recommended by the psychiatrist, who is unable to confirm that his patient will take his medication. His mother wants to take care of him. He is said to be suspicious and able to camouflage his symptoms. He tricks other patients into not taking their pills. Despite listing 20 disturbing findings, the CETM releases him under conditions.

“In the absence of a framework and/or follow-up, this training [of the CETM] is convinced of the probability that Mr. engages in criminal behavior resulting in physical or psychological harm. It is also clear to the panel that the harm that could result could be serious. »

“The Commission concludes that the accused still represents, because of his mental state, a significant risk to the safety of the public, but considers that this risk is adequately controlled if the release of the accused is subject to monitoring and supervision. appropriate. »

March 2021

Obtaining a care order to treat the accused against his will. Denies his illness.

July-August 2021

Rehospitalized. Talks to himself. Acts as if he were with an imaginary being. Aggressive behavior if upset.

March 2022

Fifth CETM hearing. Beginning of self-criticism. Trivialization of his behavioral problems. Unpredictable. Conditional release maintained.

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