Doctors at the East Coast Forensic Hospital have requested and received more time to assess a Dartmouth teenager accused of trying to abduct a wealthy Halifax businessman last month.
Aaron Patrick MacDonald, 19, was due in Halifax provincial court Thursday morning to face charges including kidnapping, breaking and entering and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.
MacDonald has been undergoing a psychiatric assessment at the East Coast Forensic Hospital in Dartmouth to determine whether he's fit to stand trial and whether he can be held criminally responsible.
His lawyer agreed to have the matter put over until Dec. 17.
The charges against MacDonald stem from an incident on Oct. 16 at a home on Oakland Road in Halifax's south end.
Halifax Regional Police said a masked man broke into the home and tried to abduct the homeowner. The homeowner was able to get the suspect out of the house and call police.
Officers searched the neighbourhood but could not find a suspect.
Several days later, the homeowner's security team — who had been hired after the first incident — found a man inside the same home. He was carrying an imitation assault rifle. The guards subdued the suspect and called police.
Halifax Regional Police allege the same person is behind both incidents.