Man who beat bishop found not criminally responsible
Kamloops Daily News February 25, 2011
The man who viciously beat Kamloops Bishop David Monroe was suffering a major mental disorder at the time and as a result cannot be held criminally responsible, a judge ruled Thursday. Provincial Court judge Sheri Donegan ruled John Bandura is not criminally responsible because of a mental disorder. Experts testified last week Bandura was hearing voices and suffering delusions as a result of a severe bipolar mood disorder.
The man believed God wanted him to drink the blood of a holy man in order to alleviate his depression and get himself off medication. Bandura told police he stabbed the bishop in the neck with a pen and drank his blood, although the evidence revealed he did no such thing. Instead, Bandura beat Monroe with his hands and feet, a Pyrex baking dish and a door torn from a microwave oven. The bishop suffered severe injuries and was hospitalized for weeks. Bandura was arrested soon after he fled Sacred Heart Cathedral, where the assault took place on Oct. 22, 2009.
Bandura's deposition will now be turned over to B.C.'s Review Board, which must convene a hearing within 45 days in order to decide how the man's case should be handled. The hearing will likely take place at the Port Coquitlam psychiatric hospital where Bandura has been held since shortly after his arrest.
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