Daniel Goodridge has been found not criminally responsible for the fatal stabbing attacks at a work camp near Fox Creek in 2015.
In a one hour and 15-minute reading of his decision, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench Justice Ken Nielsen found that while Goodridge did cause the deaths of David Derksen and Hally Dubois, plus committed the assaults on three others, he is not criminally responsible, as set out in the law in the Criminal Code in Canada.
Nielsen said he gave significant weight to the testimony of two experts; doctors who had examined Goodridge after the attacks.
Goodridge has a mental health history dating back to Grade 7 and has been diagnosed with a form of Schizophrenia, plus other mental health issues.
"For half of his life, Mr. Goodridge clearly suffered from mental health issues," Nielsen said. "Likely, for a combination of reasons, he did not get the help that he so desperately needed."
Nielsen concluded by saying that these were truly innocent victims and that this was a tragedy all around.
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The trial heard that Goodridge stabbed Derksen more than 70 times, cut off parts of his body and set him on fire. Some of his remains were never found.
Witnesses said Dubois had tried to help Derksen. Her body was found curled up in a trailer. She had been stabbed or cut 11 times.
Some workers hid in their rooms while others fled into the bush as Goodridge ran around the remote property with a large knife.
"His desire was to 'kill or be killed,' and to slaughter anyone in his vicinity," said Nielsen. "He believed doing so was necessary to defend himself and to get rid of the angry voices he was hearing."
When RCMP arrived, Goodridge refused to drop the knife and lunged at an officer. Mounties fired 12 shots and wounded Goodridge.
Nielsen said Goodridge attempted to eat a portion of Derksen's body and gave bizarre explanations for interfering with the remains.
"He described himself as being a surgeon or paramedic, that he was there to help Mr. Derksen from a surgical perspective or to help him pass on and that he wished to see a skull and a burned corpse," Nielsen noted.
Justice Nielsen has ordered Goodridge be held at Alberta Hospital, Edmonton until there is a Review Board hearing on where he should end up. That hearing is to happen within 45 days.
(With file from Curtis Galbraith - EverythingGP and Chris Purdy - The Canadian Press)
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