By The Canadian Press - Monday, April 29, 2013 - 0 Comments
TORONTO – A man found not criminally responsible for killing a Toronto police officer…
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.
By The Canadian Press - Monday, February 4, 2013 at 8:05 AM - 0 Comments
TORONTO – The trial of a man accused of driving a stolen snowplow that…
TORONTO – The trial of a man accused of driving a stolen snowplow that killed Toronto police Sgt. Ryan Russell is set to get underway today.
Richard Kachkar is charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of dangerous driving.
He has pleaded not guilty.
A jury was selected in January, but because of some scheduling issues the trial proper wasn’t scheduled to start with opening statements until today.
Russell, 35, died after being struck while trying to stop a snow plow during a chase through snowy city streets on Jan. 12 of 2011.
Russell was promoted to the rank of sergeant only six months before his death and according to the Toronto Police Association he was the first Toronto officer to die in the line of duty since 1994.