Suspect in Saskatchewan, Alberta bank robberies to get mental assessment

A Queen's Bench justice in Medicine Hat, Alta., granted a defence application for the mental review.

Steve Vogelsang's legal team says the 55-year-old is not criminally responsible for his actions

Stephen Vogelsang was a journalism instructor at Red River College from 2002-11 and before that was the news director and longtime sports anchor at CTV. He is accused of several bank robberies in Saskatchewan and Alberta. (Steve Vogelsang/Facebook)

A former Winnipeg broadcaster and journalism instructor accused of several bank robberies in Saskatchewan and Alberta is to undergo a psychiatric assessment.

A Queen's Bench justice in Medicine Hat, Alta., granted a defence application for the mental review.

Steve Vogelsang's legal team says the 55-year-old is not criminally responsible for his actions.

Lawyer Greg White is arguing that his client has bipolar disorder.

Vogelsang has not yet entered a plea to charges that were laid following holdups in Saskatoon, Regina and Medicine Hat between July and October of 2017. He is accused of robbing two banks in Medicine Hat, three in Regina and one in Saskatoon.

He was granted bail on the Medicine Hat charges last year but has been in custody in Saskatchewan in connection to the charges in that province.

His case is to return to Medicine Hat Court of Queen's Bench on Jan. 18.

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