A New Brunswick man accused of killing his mother earlier this year has been found not criminally responsible for his actions.              

Jecy Arsenault, 29 was charged with second-degree murder this spring.

Police found the body of Arsenault's mother and that of the family dog in the basement of their home in Saumarez on the Acadian Peninsula.

On the night of March 3, Arsenault, who was living with his 59-year-old mother Kathleen Arseneault, entered her bedroom and stabbed her 17 times with a knife. He removed one of her ribs. He then killed the dog.

Arsenault had started reading the Bible and began experiencing religious delusions.

Arsenault told police he thought his mother was a dragon and the dog a serpent. He said he killed them both to allow God to be in peace in heaven.

Both the Crown and the defence agreed this was a case of a man suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. They told the judge the facts speak for themselves.

The judge agreed and declared Arsenault not criminally responsible for the killing.

Arsenault will remain at the Restigouche Hospital Centre psychiatric unit where he has been held and undergoing treatment since his arrest.