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Desmond Fatality Inquiry

GUYSBOROUGH: The emergency room doctor who assessed retired Cpl. Lionel Desmond two days before he purchased a military-style carbine and killed his mother, wife, and 10-year-old daughter before turning the gun on himself, testified on Monday that the veteran wasn’t considering...
PORT HAWKESBURY: One year after retired Cpl. Lionel Desmond was medically discharged from the military for severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), the former infantryman was then diagnosed with “mixed personality traits.” The new evidence...
GUYSBOROUGH: The presiding judge overseeing the fatality inquiry into the triple murder-suicide carried out by an Afghanistan war veteran made it clear retired Cpl. Lionel Desmond “faced a large gap in treatment” and that Veterans Affairs allowed him to “fall...
PORT HAWKESBURY: The Canadian Armed Forces arranged for retired Cpl. Lionel Desmond’s treatment to continue following his medical discharge in 2015. However a psychologist says the “lack of structure” outside the military presented additional...
PORT HAWKESBURY: A former platoon member of retired Cpl. Lionel Desmond says the intensity of the gunfights and the grim duties of war took their toll on the then 24-year-old infantryman. Testifying on Feb....
GUYSBOROUGH: Nova Scotia’s chief firearms office doesn’t have the authority to ask for an additional medical opinion after reinstating a firearms licence, unless the applicant gets flagged by the RCMP, a doctor, or a citizen from the community.
GUYSBOROUGH: Hours after retired Cpl. Lionel Desmond called his psychotherapist and told her his wife asked for a divorce, the former rifleman fatally shot his wife, mother, and 10-year-old daughter before turning the gun on himself. On...
GUYSBOROUGH: Retired Cpl. Lionel Desmond’s firearms possession and acquisition licence was first flagged for review by firearms officials in New Brunswick in 2014 after it was revealed the Afghanistan war veteran didn’t disclose his complex diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder...
GUYSBOROUGH: The lead investigator into the deaths of Afghanistan war veteran and his family detailed the chain of events, including the steps the former soldier took and the level of planning that led to the triple murder-suicide, on Wednesday at...
GUYSBOROUGH: What started out as a call to a suicide in progress, responding officers dispatched to the Desmond residence in Upper Big Tracadie, discovered the former Afghanistan war veteran had fatally shot his mother, wife and daughter, before turning the...




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