New Brunswick

Farmer who says 'lasers' killed cows sent for assessment

A Moncton-area cattle farmer, on trial for failing to give his cows adequate care, has been sent for a psychiatric assessment.

Werner Bock charged with failing to provide proper food and water to his animals

A Moncton-area cattle farmer, who claims lasers and heat rays killed his cows, has been sent for a psychiatric assessment.

Werner Bock is facing two counts of failing to provide proper food and water to his animals during the spring of 2011.

Provincial court Judge Troy Sweet was expected to render a decision in the case on Thursday.

Instead, the judge said he wanted Bock to see a psychiatrist first.

Bock, who contends the case against him is a conspiracy by the government, veterinarians, the RCMP and the CBC, refused.

He said a psychiatrist had previously found him to be suffering from paranoia and he doesn't trust them.

The judge repeatedly explained he felt it would be in Bock's best interest and that he didn't have a choice in the matter.

If Bock wouldn't go willingly, he said he would have to have him arrested.

Bock was then led away in handcuffs by the sheriff's deputies.

Crown witnesses testified about a pile of carcasses under hay bales, a dead cow in a brook and others buried in the woods.

Bock, acting in his own defence, called the charges against him a "pack of lies." He says the Crown's case was based on perjury and false evidence.

He says nobody wants to investigate the real reason for his dying cows. He says someone is killing them with lasers and heat rays.

Bock is scheduled to return to court on Monday.