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Vitamin Therapy Faulted In B.C. Homicide

07/04/2012 10:27 EDT | Updated 09/03/2012 05:12 EDT
A B.C. Supreme Court judge will hear final submissions Thursday in the case of a schizophrenic man who killed his father while taking multivitamins instead of his anti-psychotic medication.

Jordan Ramsay, 27, is charged with the second-degree murder of his father, Donald Ramsay, 53, and the attempted murder of his mother, Wendy Ramsay.

The accused man has admitted to the November 2011 killing, but has pleaded not guilty. Both his lawyer and the Crown prosecutor say Ramsay should not be held criminally responsible due to his mental disorder.

Leeann Ramsay, the aunt of the accused, believes his attempt to control his illness with an alternative therapy rather than his psychiatrists's prescription had a role in his state of mind at the time of the killing.

By the time police arrived at the family’s North Vancouver townhouse, Ramsay's 53-year-old father was dead and his mother was seriously injured after their son bludgeoned them in their bed with a wrench, believing they were imposters.

“Jordan went into a psychotic state earlier in the day and was having delusions,” Leeann Ramsay said outside court Wednesday. “He thought that Don was an alien and had to go in and make sure he was dead.”

Leeann Ramsay said her brother was a good father to Jordan.

“I want to warn people, I think it is just needless what happened and [Donald] was the kindest, most gentle person and his demise was not right.”

Alternative medicines decried

The court heard that at the time of the slaying, the accused was off his meds and was trying to treat himself with a brand of multivitamins marketed on the internet to people with mental illness.

Leeann Ramsay said people should be warned not to allow family members to go off medicine prescribed by a psychiatrist.

“This is a really serious disease and you have to be properly medicated and you can’t mess around with alternative medicine,” Ramsay said.

She also said she wants someone to investigate whether the vitamins played any role in her brother’s death,

Jordan Ramsay’s psychiatrist, Dr. Leanne Meldrum, testified Ramsay is fragile, in deteriorating mental health and will need long term care in Coquitlam's Forensic Psychiatric Institute, where he currently is a patient, before he would ever be considered safe in the community.

His mother has been discharged from hospital but is still recovering from her extensive injuries.

The case is being heard without a jury by Madam Justice Deborah Kloegman, who will have to decide the issue of Ramsay's criminal responsibility in his father's death and his mother's injuries.