Snow plow killer to be sent to psychiatric hospital but can enter the community


TORONTO – A man found not criminally responsible for killing a Toronto police officer with a snow plow will be detained at a psychiatric hospital, though he will be allowed out into the community under supervision.

The Ontario Review Board has accepted a joint submission from both the Crown and the lawyer for Richard Kachkar, 46, that he should be sent to the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby, east of Toronto.

The review board, which manages people found not criminally responsible, ruled that Kachkar be allowed to walk the grounds of the hospital escorted by staff and enter the community of Whitby while escorted by staff.

Kachkar was found not criminally responsible last month after a trial in the death of Toronto Police Sgt. Ryan Russell, 35.

The verdict means the jury believed the expert testimony of three psychiatrists that Kachkar’s psychosis rendered him unable to appreciate what he was doing when he hit and killed Russell in January 2011.

Now that Kachkar has been ordered detained in a psychiatric hospital, he will have hearings on an annual basis to assess his progress and determine if he should be allowed additional privileges.

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