B-C’s highest court has rejected an appeal from a Nanaimo man found not criminally responsible for the second degree murder of his father.
Aaron Harvey was declared to have been suffering from a mental disorder in February 2014 when he stabbed his father. The blow practically severed the jugular vein of 69 year old Roger Harvey.
Aaron Harvey called 911 almost immediately but he did not tell the 9-1-1 operator about the stabbing. After eight minutes, without gathering much more than a name and address, the call ended with the operator assigning a routine police response to attend the scene.
It was almost an hour later when RCMP arrived at the apartment. Lawyers argued that delay caused the death, but three Court of Appeal Justices agree the stabbing is what killed Roger Harvey, and even timely aid to save the victim would not alter the link to his son’s actions. Aaron Harvey remains in custody at a forensic psychiatric hospital in Coquitlam.