Accused in Calgary case worker's death granted extra time for psychiatric assessment

An extra three weeks have been granted for the psychiatric assessment of an 18-year-old charged with killing his case worker at an assisted-living home in Calgary.

Brandon Newman, who remains in custody, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Deborah Onwu, who was stabbed at the home on Oct. 25.

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A 30-day review was ordered last month for the accused at the Southern Alberta Forensic Psychiatry Centre, but court heard Monday that more time was required.

Newman appeared in court briefly.

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His lawyer has expressed concern that his client won’t be able to properly instruct a lawyer for his defence and has described him as “childlike.”

The case is to be back in court on Dec. 20.

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