Moncton protester found fit after psychiatric evaluation

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An anti-mask protest took place in Moncton on Jan. 24 and five people were arrested. (Radio-Canada  - image credit)
An anti-mask protest took place in Moncton on Jan. 24 and five people were arrested. (Radio-Canada - image credit)

A Riverview man arrested during a protest against COVID-19 restrictions in Moncton last month was found fit to stand trial following a 30-day psychiatric evaluation.

David Robert West, 54, will be released from custody and is next scheduled to appear in court April 6.

West was among five people arrested and held in custody following the Jan. 24 protest outside Moncton city hall, but was the only one still in custody.

He appeared in Moncton provincial court Thursday afternoon by video from the Southeast Regional Correctional Centre in Shediac.

Defence lawyer Guillaume LeBlanc told provincial court Judge Paul Duffie that he had yet to receive disclosure of the Crown's evidence.

West indicated during an appearance Jan. 28 that he was "just not all there in the head right now." A judge had ordered the psychiatric evaluation at the Restigouche Hospital Centre in Campbellton at LeBlanc's request.

West faces several criminal charges, including allegations he resisted a police officer on Oct. 8, 2020, assaulted a peace officer on the same date, caused a disturbance at a grocery store in Moncton on Dec. 31, 2020 and violated the province's Emergency Measures Act at a Shediac grocery store on Jan. 22 this year, according to a list of charges read in court Thursday.

Jonathan Rossiter, 29, of Nackawic, Dawn Teakles, 49, of Moncton, Nicholas Deangelis, 34, of Bathurst, and Britney Green, 31, of Bathurst were the others arrested and charged following the Jan. 24 protest.

Green and Deangelis are scheduled to return to court March 10. Teakles returns to court March 22. An arrest warrant was issued after Rossiter missed his Tuesday court appearance.