Amanda Murphy case adjourned for psychiatrist's report review
Murphy's parents argue against criminalizing mentally disabled people
The case of a woman with intellectual disabilities accused of assaulting a health-care worker has been adjourned until later this month.
Amanda Murphy's case was adjourned Thursday to give Crown and defence attorneys time to review the results of a psychiatric assessment done on Murphy.
Her parents have argued the 34-year-old woman shouldn't be dragged through the criminal justice system. They say she has the mental capacity of someone between the ages of five and eight years old, and is bipolar and epileptic.
They've joined with other parents to lobby the government to stop criminalizing people with intellectual disabilities, an effort that included rallies in Truro and Halifax in February.
The Crown prosecutor in the case requested a psychiatric assessment during one of Murphy's recent court appearances.