Psychiatrist recommends alleged boat thief remain at the Waterford

Diane Crocker
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David Arthur Sharpe is seen in provincial court in Corner Brook in this June 2013 file photo.

CORNER BROOK — A psychiatrist who conducted an assessment on the young man who stole a sailboat from the marina in Corner Brook in June has come to the conclusion that he was not criminally responsible for his actions.

However, that doesn’t mean the end of David Arthur Sharpe’s legal matters.

Sharpe, 25, was charged on June 20 with theft over $5,000 and possession of break -in instruments after he allegedly stole a boat which had been docked at the Bay of Islands Yacht Club.

Since his initial arrest Sharpe was also charged with breaking and entering and committing an offence, unlawfully trespassing on land and several counts of failure to comply with the conditions of an undertaking or recognizance and was sent to the Waterford Hospital in St. John’s for a psychiatric assessment.

The results of that assessment were presented in provincial court in Corner Brook on Friday. Sharpe was transferred from the Waterford for the court appearance.

Sharpe’s legal-aid lawyer Sandi MacKinnon said that while the doctor is of the opinion that Sharpe was not criminally responsible at the time of the incident, he is fit to stand trial.

MacKinnon said in order to maintain that fitness the psychiatrist recommends that Sharpe remain in hospital and asked Judge Catherine Allen-Westby to remand Sharpe to the Waterford under section 672.29 of the Criminal Code of Canada. The section can be used for continued detention when the court has reasonable grounds to believe that the accused would become unfit to stand trial if released. She also said that she had explained that to Sharpe briefly and planned to meet with him to further discuss the assessment and his options.

Crown attorney Ed Ring told Allen-Westby that the Crown took no position on the application because it doesn’t require Crown consent. The judge agreed and granted MacKinnon’s request.

When the judge asked Sharpe if he understood what was happening, he said he didn’t understand why he was being detained.

“I’m not criminally responsible and the doctors report says that,” said Sharpe, who also asked why he wasn’t free to go.

The judge explained that he was facing a number of charges and that the court wasn’t prepared to hear them that day.

Sharpe’s next court appearance has been set for Sept. 17.

Organizations: Waterford, Waterford Hospital

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Bay of Islands Yacht Club.Since, Canada

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