ANTIGONISH: An Antigonish man charged with two counts of attempted murder after he allegedly tried to stab his wife and three-year-old daughter has been found not criminally responsible.

Judge Richard MacKinnon accepted the mental health assessment in Antigonish Provincial Court last Monday.
Antigonish District RCMP responded to a call at 8:30 a.m. at a house on Brookland Street on the morning of July 25 of a woman who had been injured, stating a man tried to stab her and a three-year-old child.

With assistance from her neighbour, who called 911, they re-entered the house and safely removed the woman’s daughter.
The mother and daughter were taken to hospital by paramedics to treat non-life threatening injuries.

Shajev Thomas, 41, was arrested without incident and ordered under a 30-day mental health assessment the day after his arrest, which indicated he was not criminally responsible on account of a mental disorder.

When his case re-appeared in court in October, both Crown and defense lawyers accepted the results of the assessment.
Thomas will remain at the East Coast Forensic Hospital in Dartmouth for further treatment.