Judge orders psychiatric test for man accused of threatening to kill N.L. politicians

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CORNER BROOK, N.L. — A Newfoundland and Labrador judge has ordered a man accused of threatening to "execute" politicians to undergo a psychiatric assessment to determine whether he's fit to stand trial.

George Brake, 66, was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with six offences including two firearms charges and uttering threats to cause death after what police say was a high-speed chase.

In a court hearing today, Crown prosecutor Trina Simms said police got an anonymous call Tuesday morning saying a man was at a gas station in the Bonne Bay area of western Newfoundland claiming to be God and saying he was driving to nearby Deer Lake to stop the election.

Simms said after a short police chase, officers arrested Brake and found many knives in his vehicle, including a large sheathed hunting knife right beside his seat.

Simms said Brake told the arresting officers he wanted to execute local politicians and later, at a nearby hospital, he began talking about Jesus and telling officers he wanted to execute Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for crimes against humanity.

Brake is in custody in Corner Brook, in western Newfoundland, and Judge Wayne Gorman granted Simms' request today to have him sent to a mental health hospital in St. John's to undergo an assessment.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 28, 2021.

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