Assessment of city man facing charges extended
By Lethbridge Herald on February 12, 2021.
A 32-year-old man ordered last month to have a psychiatric assessment, will have to remain at the Southern Alberta Forensic Psychiatry Centre in Calgary for a while longer.
The assessment for Bradley Peter Badura had been ordered Jan. 12 during a hearing in Lethbridge provincial court. The matter was then adjourned for a month to allow time for the assessment to be completed. However, during another court hearing Thursday, the judge was told the psychiatry centre had requested a 30-day extension, and the matter was adjourned to March 12.
The assessment, under Section 672 of the Criminal Code, is to determine whether the accused is unfit to stand trial or was, at the time of the commission of the alleged offences, suffering from a mental disorder so as to be exempt from criminal responsibility.
Badura, who was not required to attend court, is charged with possession of a weapon dangerous to the public, assault with a weapon, mischief, drug possession, and three counts of failing to comply with conditions of a release order.
The charges stem from an incidents Jan. 7 in which a man smashed a window above The Lethbridge Herald pressroom. Subsequent reports indicated the suspect had also threatened the driver of a vehicle with a knife.
Police said they found a highly-agitated man holding a knife in each hand while standing in the median of 6 Avenue and 6 Street South. Police eventually convinced him to drop the knives and he was taken into custody without further incident.
Badura also faces charges of threats to cause death, mischief, resisting a peace officer, assaulting a peace officer, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public, possession of stolen property over $5,000, and failure to comply with release conditions. The charges are unrelated to the Jan. 7 incidents.
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