A forensic psychiatrist said the mental state of an Ottawa man accused of murdering his two sisters in December 2016 has improved since he started undergoing treatment, but said the man is still unfit to stand trial.
Musab A-Noor, 29, was charged with one count each of first-degree murder and second-degree murder after his sisters, Nasiba and Asma A-Noor, were found stabbed to death in their home on McCarthy Road Dec. 16.
In early January he was found unfit to stand trial and sent to the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre for 60 days of treatment.
Speaking in court today, forensic psychiatrist Michelle Mathias said A-Noor has made progress since treatment started in early January, but is still unfit to stand trial.
Mathias had in an earlier court appearance told the court A-Noor was, in her opinion, schizophrenic. On Friday she said he has shown "significant improvement," is now more conversational and isn't having as many hallucinations.
But she said he still has difficulty with decisions and will lose his concentration or change his mind on what he wants to happen within a session with her.
She said her main concern is that A-Noor is in midst of a "major depressive episode," and has attempted suicide and talked about wanting to end his life.
The treatment order has expired but all sides agreed it wouldn't be in A-Noor's best interest to send him to jail. A-Noor has been remanded to the same secure unit at the Royal.
Sam Adam, A-Noor's lawyer, told CBC News that the judge accepted the evidence from the psychiatrist about his client being unfit.
If A-Noor's mental state does not improve over the next 45 days, Adam said the Ontario Review Board will hold a hearing to assess the case and determine what else can be done to make the Ottawa man fit for trial.