Court rules woman responsible for 2015 PATH stabbing is not criminally responsible

The Toronto woman who fatally stabbed a complete stranger in the city’s underground PATH has been found not criminally responsible for the incident.

A judge ruled Tuesday that Rahine did not have the mental capacity at the time to know her actions were wrong.

Justice John McMahon said  Bisesar, who pleaded not guilty to first-degree was seriously ill during the attack in December 2015.

“I am satisfied on a balance of probabilities that Rohinie Bisesar suffered from a mental disorder, schizophrenia, when she took this woman’s life,” McMahon said. “Because of the schizophrenia, she was incapable of knowing the killing was morally and legally wrong.”

Both Crown and defence lawyers had said Bisesar should be found not criminally responsible in Junor’s death.

A forensic psychiatrist – the sole witness to testify at the one-day trial last week- concluded Bisesar was in the throes of a psychiatric breakdown due to untreated schizophrenia at the time of the attack.

Bisesar will now be sent to a secure wing of a mental health hospital in Toronto until she has a hearing with the Ontario Review Board, which decides if and how not criminally responsible patients should be detained.

Her 28 year old victim, Rosemarie Junor died after being stabbed in the chest at a Shoppers Drug Mart in Toronto’s financial district.