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Man found not criminally responsible in hammer attack ordered to high-security facility

A mentally ill man found not criminally responsible for attacking and partially blinding a stranger with a hammer in 2014 has been ordered to live at a high security psychiatric facility in Brockville, Ont.

Jeff Weber found not criminally responsible for 2014 attack due to mental illness

Jeff Weber was found not criminally responsible for a violent hammer attack in Ottawa's Centretown neighbourhood in December 2014. It was the fourth time Weber had been found not criminally responsible for serious crimes. (Sketch by Laurie Foster-MacLeod)

A mentally ill man who attacked and blinded a stranger in one eye has been ordered to live at a high security psychiatric facility in Brockville, Ont., run by the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre.

Jeff Weber, 33, was found not criminally responsible, or NCR, following a trial earlier this year and has been staying at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre.

Nabute Ghebrehiwet was left partially blind in one eye after Weber repeatedly hit him with a hammer in December 2014. (CBC News)

It was the fourth time Weber had been declared NCR, which is believed to be a record in Canada.

Weber committed his latest crime in late 2014 when he beat Nabute Ghebrehiwet over the head with a hammer and left him without sight in his left eye.

The assault took place on Somerset Street W. outside the victim's apartment building.

The Ontario Review Board has ordered that Weber reside in a secure forensic unit of the Brockville Mental Health Centre.

Weber can still go into the community for medical, legal or compassionate reasons, but he must be accompanied at all times and police must also be notified. He is not allowed to possess weapons, consume alcohol or take non-medical drugs and must not contact Ghebrehiwet.