Canadian ‘incel’ who mowed down dozens on a Toronto street in 2018 found guilty of 10 first-degree murders
In delivering her verdict via video on Wednesday, Ontario Superior Court Justice Anne Molloy only referred to the killer, Alek Minassian, as ‘John Doe’, saying he craved publicity for his actions on April 23, 2018. He had described himself as an ‘incel’, meaning ‘involuntary celibate’.
“He knew death would be irreversible,” she said in rejecting defense arguments that his autism meant he was not criminally responsible. “He knew their families would grieve.”
The five-week trial focused almost entirely on the accused’s state of mind, and defense lawyers argued that his autism spectrum disorder hampered his ability to understand the wrongness of his actions and that he shouldn’t be held criminally responsible for his actions.Also on rt.com Piers Morgan says his house is like ‘Fort Knox’ after death threat & he’s hunting trolls with Facebook to help ‘regular people’
Those arguments were rejected by the judge, who said he freely chose the option that was morally wrong, knowing what the consequences would be for himself and for everybody else.
The court heard that he had made the rental booking for the van on April 4 – an indication, prosecutors said, of his plan to carry out the later attack and try to kill as many as possible.
Minassian told police officers after his arrest that he was a virgin who had never had a girlfriend, admitted to using the van as a weapon, and said he wanted to inspire other attacks.
“It does not matter that he does not have remorse nor empathize with the victims,” Molloy said.
Minassian will be automatically sentenced to a minimum term of life in prison, without possibility of parole for at least 25 years.
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