Man accused of killing father sent for psychiatric assessment

As lawyers discussed sending him for a psychiatric examination, murder suspect Vincent Fong stood fidgeting in the prisoner’s box Friday, twice spinning around while speaking to an interpreter.

Provincial court Judge Lloyd Robertson agreed with Crown and defence counsel that Fong should be assessed to determine his fitness to stand trial for the killing of his father.

Prosecutor Mike Ewenson and defence lawyer Ben Leung, who has not yet been hired to act for Fong, both said an assessment was warranted after the accused was examined by psychiatrist Dr. Ken Hashman.

“The Crown and defence make representation that a fitness assessment, a 30-day fitness assessment … is required,” Ewenson said.

“Mr. Fong does consent to this through his guardian, his mother,” said Ewenson, as Fong’s remaining parent sat quietly in the front row of the courtroom gallery.

Leung said Fong was not opposed to being sent for testing.

“And then what happens after?” Fong asked, through the Cantonese translator, before spinning around 360 degrees in the prisoner’s box, a move he repeated just moments later.

He also repeatedly flapped his right hand.

Both behaviours are common in individuals with autism and those with the disorder, which Fong has, tend to spin more often during stressful situations.

Fong, 36, was arrested Wednesday and charged with second-degree murder in the death of his father, Shu Kwan Fong.

The deceased’s body was found in a home in the 200 block of Edgepark Way N.W. in the community of Edgemont just after 2:15 p.m. that day.

Fong returns to court Feb. 8.

KMartin@postmedia.com

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