Concerns have been raised about the mental health of the man charged with a horrific sex attack in Vancouver’s Strathcona neighbourhood.
25-year-old Caleb Heaton was in court Wednesday morning, attempting to move his matter forward without a lawyer, something the judge advised him not to do.
However, Heaton says he doesn’t want a lawyer.
He argued he is the target of a cyber criminal, and that he can’t trust a lawyer to help him.
“I know this sounds paranoid and stupid, but I met the man.”
As a result, the judge raised questions about Heaton’s mental health and was considering ordering a review.
“I have an issue with his ability to stand trial. I’m not saying he’s not fit. I’m saying this is an issue.”
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With the possibility of a mental fitness hearing, Heaton changed his mind and says he now wants a lawyer.
The matter is back in court on Monday.
Heaton is facing over seven charges, after the attack in March.
A woman was tied up and brutally sexually assaulted in her own home.
A suspect was caught by Good Samaritans, and held until police arrived.