A “critical witness” took the stand in a Red Deer courtroom Tuesday on day two of a second-degree murder trial.
Justice Adam Germain described Carrie Koizumi as such as she took the stand at the second-degree murder trial of her son.
Jordan Koizumi, 27, has pleaded not guilty in relation to the stabbing death of 50-year-old Tina Pfeiffer in the early morning hours of October 27, 2016 at their residence in West Park. The defence is arguing that he should not be held criminally responsible due to mental health reasons.
On Tuesday, Carrie Koizumi gave an account of her son’s life in the years leading up to the tragic events of fall 2016.
During examination by defence lawyer Patrick Edgerton, Koizumi revealed that in 2012 while in treatment at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital in Edmonton, Jordan was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.
She said she noticed a change in her son’s demeanour while he was in high school, noting that he became withdrawn and depressed. She said Jordan agreed to see a doctor for help, but later on began not sleeping well and self-harming with razor blades.
She went into further detail about his symptoms developing into suicidal thoughts and how one night he went into his mother’s room in the middle of the night to ask if he was dead or alive.
Carrie spoke of the multiple occasions where Jordan was forced to move out of the family home due to breaking house rules, including the smoking of marijuana. She outlined one incident in 2012 where her and husband Ken confronted their son about the odour of cannabis in the house, which led to Jordan grabbing a bat from the closet.
She also detailed Jordan’s long-time struggle with bulimia.
Early 2015 was the first time, she added, that Jordan complained about hearing voices in his head.
Following a period of several months in which Jordan was taken off his medication and discharged from his doctor, Carrie says she mostly saw Jordan when he needed help getting groceries because he walked everywhere.
She was also asked about interactions with her son since he’d been remanded. Carrie said Jordan was positive and stable at times, but had some breakdowns. She said he asked if things were okay at home and that at one point he stated, “I tried to get help. I went to the hospital that night. This shouldn’t have happened.”
Carrie also said her son claimed to still be hearing voices, though not as intensely.
The defence is expected call the doctor who performed Jordan’s psychiatric assessment to the stand on Wednesday.
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