Ontario Court Justice Karen Lische has approved a Crown motion under Sect. 752.1 of the Canadian Criminal Code seeking to have a psychiatric assessment conducted on Alex Stavropoulos in connection with a possible dangerous offender application.
Justice Ron Boivin had been scheduled to hear the application as he found Stavropoulos guilty on Jan. 13, but recently retired. As a result, Lische is now seized with the matter.
Before her ruling, she had reviewed the guilty plea filings, as well as the court exhibits and transcripts of the guilty plea.
The Crown motion was heard in a virtual hearing, the Crown team of assistant Crown attorneys Julie Lefebvre and Leonard Kim, defence lawyer Nick Xynnis, and Stavropoulos who were all in attendance via videoconference.
Had Lische rejected the motion, regular sentencing would have then occurred for Stavropoulos.
Stavropoulos, 26, who remains in custody, had originally been scheduled to appear in court April 20 concerning a possible Crown dangerous offender application. The coronavirus pandemic, however, essentially shut down Ontario courts until early July. As a result, the matter was rescheduled.
Stavropoulos will now undergo a psychiatric assessment by a Crown forensic psychiatrist. Once that report is ready, the local Crown’s office will decide whether to seek permission from the provincial Attorney General’s office to proceed with a dangerous offender application or long-term offender application.
A dangerous offender designation is reserved for Canada’s most violent criminals and sexual predators. Crown attorneys can seek the designation during sentencing and must show that there is a high risk the criminal will commit violent or sexual offences in the future. That designation carries an automatic prison sentence for an indefinite period, with no chance of parole for seven years.
A person who is declared a long-term offender is sentenced to an appropriate term of imprisonment and, upon release, is subjected to a long-term supervision order for up to 10 years.
Stavropoulos’ next court date is Oct. 2, pending the psychiatric assessment.
On Jan. 13, Stavropoulos pleaded guilty in the Ontario Court of Justice to two counts of attempted murder and one count of breach of probation (possessing a knife outside of his residence).
He stabbed a woman walking with her baby in the Michael’s parking lot on June 3, 2019. The woman required emergency surgery to deal with a severed artery in her neck. The baby was also injured.
“I was angry at white women,” Stavropoulos told police. “I like white women, but they won’t f..k me. So, I wanted to see what it felt like (to kill a female child) … I had my mindset. I was going to kill a child and was waiting for the right opportunity.”
Stavropoulos also told police he was “not psychotic. I’m not psycho. No … I’m not experiencing hallucinations.”
He said he identified as an involuntary celibate or an incel.
“I don’t get laid,” Stavropoulos told police “I wanted to kill for one reason. I don’t know why … I was just waiting for the right opportunity (in the Michael’s parking lot). I saw a couple of kids and didn’t do anything. I just need to do it, do something like this.
“I just saw her (the mother) and made a quick decision. She had a child and a little one … Just something in my head ‘you have to go. Just go. Don’t be a wussy.’”
Stavropoulos also said in his video statement he realized that to kill the girl in the stroller, “you have to kill the mom because they are going to protect the child.”
In an agreed statement of facts, the court heard Stavropoulos took a Greater Sudbury Transit bus to Home Depot the afternoon of June 3 where he purchased a package of utility knives. Outside the store, he took two out, threw the package and the bag it was in in the grass, and walked across to the Michael’s parking lot area.
Stavropoulos then went into the Old Navy store for a short time, left and then paced in the Michael’s parking lot for some time. He then spotted a woman leaving the store with a female baby in a stroller and another young daughter at her side about 3:45 p.m.
When the woman got to her vehicle and the young girl jumped in, the mother was in the process of unbuckling the baby from the stroller when Stavropoulos grabbed her hair and began stabbing her with a utility knife. He also attempted to stab the baby in the stroller.
The woman yelled for help and fought Stavropoulos, attracting the attention of Brent Holder, who was seated in a nearby vehicle. Holder approached Stavropoulos, who backed away, slit his own throat with a utility knife and fell.
In the video statement, Stavropoulos indicated that due to his large size and the fact Holder was holding something in his hand, he thought the man was an undercover police officer.
Holder, in addition to subduing Stavropoulos until police arrived, also took away two utility knives the stabber had near him.
Crystal Bouliane, a family medicine resident at Health Sciences North, meanwhile, rushed to the injured woman’s aid. With blood spurting out of the woman’s neck, Bouliane got a First Aid kit out of her vehicle, applied pressure to the wound to slow the blood loss, and called 911.
The 35-year-old mother was taken by ambulance to Health Sciences North having lost a considerable amount of blood and her vitals falling. Doctors discovered the vertebral artery in her neck had been severely damaged and could not be repaired. The artery was subsequently closed off and the woman required a significant amount of blood to replace what she had lost.
Court was told had people not intervened in the attack and aided the woman, she would have bled to death.
The nine-month-old child, meanwhile, suffered bruising and minor cuts. The older daughter was unharmed.
At the time of the stabbing, Stavropoulos was on a two-year probation order issued in the summer of 2018 that included a condition he was not to possess knives outside his residence.
Stavropoulos is the same man police officers shot in during a confrontation at the downtown transit terminal on April 1, 2018.
On Aug. 8, 2018, Stavropoulos pleaded guilty in the Ontario Court of Justice to a charge of possession of a dangerous weapon for an incident in the downtown bus terminal on April 1 of that year. He received a time-served penalty (99 days of pre-trial custody) and a two-year probation order.
The court heard Stavropoulos was in a marijuana-induced psychosis and was drinking heavily when he entered the terminal, threatened a security guard and a transit worker with two knives, and then charged at police.
Stavropoulos, who was chanting “white power,” was struck by a conductive energy weapon and shot, collapsing in a pool of blood.
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