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VANCOUVER, B.C. – A Fort St. John woman who fatally stabbed her social worker in Burnaby has been found not criminally responsible due to a mental disorder.

According to the Vancouver Sun/Keith Fraser, a 175-page ruling released yesterday by B.C. Supreme Court Justice Barry Davies shows that the Crown had established that she used a knife to stab Bayush Hagos around 79 times back in September of 2011.

When the incident happened, Ayelech Ejigu was out on bail and awaiting trial in Vancouver for allegedly attempting to murder her husband.

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Ejigu was living in Fort St. John with her husband and the attempted murder trial was moved from Fort St. John to Vancouver. She was eventually not found guilty on the grounds that she was a “battered” spouse.

Prosecutors were saying that the act of allegedly killing her social worker was intentional but Ejigu’s lawyers argued that she was suffering from a mental disorder.

The judge believes that she has suffered from psychosis as well as depressive episodes and symptoms.

During the trial involving her social worker, 3 Psychiatrists testified. 2 of them believed the defence of a mental disorder while 1 did not. The case will now be reviewed by the B.C. Review Board at request of the judge. Ejigu will remain in a Psychiatric Hospital in Coquitlam according to the article.

Original Story: http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/woman-who-fatally-stabbed-burnaby-social-worker-found-not-criminally-responsible-due-to-mental-disorder

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