Man accused of attempted murder ordered second psychiatric assessment

James Scott Richardson accused os strangling girlfriend

  • Jun. 3, 2011 10:00 a.m.

A man charged with attempted murder for trying to strangle his girlfriend in Esquimalt was sent back to hospital for a second month of psychiatric assessments.

James Richardson had three run-ins with police within two hours on May 9.

He is accused of trying to strangle a man on Hillside Avenue at 3 a.m. Police intervened, and sent Richardson on his way.

An hour later, police were called to deal with him again, this time on Wilson Street, where he was seen behaving erratically. Officers drove him to an apartment on Gorge Road East, where he was living with his girlfriend. She willingly took him in.

At 5 a.m., Richardson’s girlfriend called police. He is accused of trying to strangle her.

In all, Richardson was charged with attempted murder, assault and two counts of sexual assault.

Richardson was initially sent for a 30-day psychiatric remand on May 10.

On Thursday, the court heard Richardson hadn’t been co-operating with his psychiatrist and was remanded for another 30 days.

His next court appearance is scheduled for July 6.

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