A woman who stabbed her community worker 79 times to death after she was invited to stay at the victim’s Burnaby apartment more than five years ago has been found not criminally responsible by way of a mental disorder.
“I feel it’s very depressing, I’m frustrated with the law.”
Family friend Tewond Nehari is left with so many questions as to why his loved one, 57-year-year-old unity worker Bayush Hagos, was stabbed to death by a woman she was helping.
Wearing a dark green sweater and pants and staring at the floor, Aye-lech Eji-gu was found not criminally responsible for the second-degree murder of Hagos in her Burnaby home.
Nehari says the victim invited the accused to stay with her while they found her shelter.
Ejigu was out on bail for the attempted murder of her husband.
Nehari wants to know why.
“Why was she released when she attempted to kill her husband?” says Nehari.
The judge determined Eji-gu was suffering from a serious mental disorder and was incapable of knowing her actions were wrong.
Crown spokesperson Gordon Comer on the judge’s findings.
“She was suffering from a serious mental disorder that rendered her incapable of knowing that her actions were wrong.”
The case has been referred to the B.C. Review Board to determine her level of freedom at the forensic psychiatric hospital in Coquitlam.