NEWS

Luka Magnotta complained of hearing voices, doctor testifies

11/03/2014 02:26 EST | Updated 01/03/2015 05:59 EST
Luka Magnotta’s family doctor, who treated him for six years in Toronto, says the accused complained of hearing voices and was convinced he was being stalked.

Dr. Allan Tan told Magnotta's first-degree murder trial this morning that he saw the accused regularly from 2003 to 2009 at three different clinics.

The records begin with a nurse’s note that the accused was diagnosed with manic depression and mild schizophrenia before the first visit.

Tan, in referrals to two psychiatrists, described Magnotta as a man with “a long-standing history of paranoid schizophrenia.”

Magnotta first told Tan he began hearing voices in mid-2004, but it got worse.

Tan said Magnotta came in to see him on March 8, 2005, complaining of hearing voices that he tried to drown out by blasting the radio.

Magnotta said one of the voices told him he was walking like an ape, the doctor noted.

He also told Tan he felt he was being followed by people who were trying to photograph him and post the pictures online to ruin his modelling career.

Magnotta believed he was being watched

According to Tan, Magnotta kept his curtains closed because he was worried he was being watched.

Tan noted Magnotta's sense of being stalked was still present in a followup visit two months later. The doctor said his assessment of the patient was that he was suffering from schizophrenia.

In 2006, Magnotta returned to the clinic and had legally changed his name from Eric Newman to Luka Rocco Magnotta.

Magnotta said that people were still following him.

“That’s why he changed his name,” Tan testified.

The medical notes highlight repeated visits over the six years Tan treated Magnotta.

He complained of erectile dysfunction, which was treated with prescriptions of Viagra and similar drugs, and Magnotta frequently requested to be tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. 

Magnotta visited the clinic to have stitches removed after hair transplants, and also complained of bleeding gums, a symptom Tan told Crown prosecutor Louis Bouthillier he could not link to illicit drug use.

The Toronto doctor said he did not have access to Magnotta's psychiatric records and all the information in his files came directly from the accused. 

Tan said during the time he treated Magnotta, the accused was receiving financial aid from the Ontario disability support program, though he told the doctor he was working as an actor and model, and later, as an escort.

Referral to Montreal psychiatrist

Magnotta also visited a walk-in clinic in Montreal’s east end in March 2012, just two months before 33-year old Jun Lin was killed, looking for a referral to a local psychiatrist.

Dr. Marie-Nicole Jean-Destin told the court she saw Magnotta, but did not remember the encounter. Jean-Destin referred to her notes and explained Magnotta told her he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, not schizophrenia.

Magnotta said he had been followed by a psychiatrist in Ontario for 15 years, who had prescribed antidepressants and the anti-anxiety medication Temazepam.

Magnotta has admitted to the physical acts behind the charges, including first-degree murder, but he has pleaded not guilty.

The defence is trying to prove Magnotta should not be held criminally responsible for his actions because of his mental state.

The Crown alleges the killing was premeditated.

The defence continues to present its case this afternoon.

MORE:cbcNews