Judge Wayne Gorman granted a request for a psychiatric assessment by Eugene Steadman Victor Crocker’s lawyer in provincial court in Corner Brook on Thursday.
Legal aid lawyer Jodi MacDonald said her client is under the care of a psychiatrist and has suffered blackouts in the past. She said the assessment will determine if Crocker, 29, can be held criminally responsible for his actions.
The request follows a similar one made by Crocker’s father last week.
During an appearance on June 26 a man who identified himself as Crocker’s father asked that his son be sent for an assessment of mental health. At the time Judge Kymil Howe told him that request had to be made through a lawyer.
Crocker is still in custody after being denied bail on charges of arson, break and entry, uttering threats, possessing property obtained by crime and breaching a court order.
Gorman set his next appearance for July 13 at 2:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, the other person accused of breaking into the medical centre and setting fire to it, 30-year-old Conrad Curtis John Crocker, appeared in provincial court on Wednesday. His next appearance was set for July 10 at 1:30 p.m.