Delusional Halifax man found not criminally responsible
Dalton Jones claimed his actions against his ex-wife and daughter were OK because he was Jesus
A Halifax man who claims he's Jesus has been found not criminally responsible for most of the assault charges against his ex-wife and two-year-old daughter.
Dalton Cornelius Jones, 32, was sent to the East Coast Forensic Hospital in Dartmouth for treatment Wednesday.
Jones was convicted in August of assault and resisting arrest. But when the trial moved on to sentencing, serious questions were raised about Jones' mental state.
Jones represented himself during his trial. He asked provincial court Judge Anne Derrick to refer to him as Jesus Christ and claimed that his actions were infallible.
Derrick rejected his argument that the Bible allows a man to hit his wife and discipline his toddler with a plastic broom handle.
She said he could not act on his religious beliefs if they are contrary to the Criminal Code.
Jones underwent a forensic psychiatric assessment after his conviction. The psychiatrist concluded that Jones shouldn't be held accountable for most of the assaults because he wasn't mentally fit.
Derrick accepted that recommendation.
Jones has yet to be sentenced for resisting arrest and a series of assaults on his daughter which happened before the psychiatrist believes Jones' mental condition had fully deteriorated.
Jones was jolted with a stun gun and dragged off a school field in handcuffs when police went to arrest him on the assault charges in March of last year.