Kamloops man accepts psychiatric treatment after stabbing at social services center | infonews



10 April 2022 – 06:55

A man who stabbed and threatened a Kamloops nonprofit worker has agreed to seek psychiatric help as part of his criminal sentence.

Richard Annett-Chartier, born in 1991, pleaded guilty in provincial court in Kamloops on April 8 to charges related to a stabbing at The Loop, an outreach and social services center on the North Shore.

As part of his sentence, he will be required to report to forensic psychiatric services for admission, counseling or treatment of his mental health issues, as directed by his probation officer.

The order is not the only condition of Annett-Chartier’s probation, but it is the only one for which he had to give his consent.

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Loop coordinator Glen Hilke reported the stabbing to Kamloops RCMP on Feb. 24 after Annett-Chartier appeared to be struggling with a psychotic episode and delusions.

Amid Annett-Chartier’s furious claims that The Loop belonged to him, based on his family’s inheritance, Hilke was struck while trying to get Annett-Chartier out of the building.

After dragging him out of the building, Annett-Chartier returned and managed to stab Hilke in the forearm as he attempted to lock her out of the building.

Hilke said he had not experienced such a violent and upsetting incident in his 40 years of working with disenfranchised communities.

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After already spending more than 40 days in custody, Annett-Chartier was sentenced to time served, as well as 12 months probation ordered by Judge Stella Frame. This includes a decision that he cannot be within 100 yards of The Loop or Hilke.

Crown Attorney Alex Janse suggested a probation officer could help Annett-Chartier access supportive housing.

A frequent client of The Loop, Annett-Chartier is homeless and suffers from mental health issues, which the court did not detail. Janse said he suffered from a psychotic disorder, including “strong delusional themes”.

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She also noted that Annett-Chartier did not consistently take prescribed medications, but regularly “self-medicated” using illicit drugs. Part of the probation order will include a decision that he cannot possess any controlled substance and he must pursue a treatment plan.

Asked about his reaction to the sentence, Hilke was happy that Annett-Chartier was receiving psychiatric help as part of his sentence. However, he is concerned about where Annett-Chartier will continue to be housed during her treatment and probation.

“My concern for him is where does he go once he leaves the courthouse,” Hilke said. “Who does he turn to for housing and food? If he has to be treated like an outcast, that stresses him out a lot more.

In addition to the assault with a weapon and breach of probation charges to which Annett-Chartier pleaded guilty, four other charges were stayed in the proceedings. These included assault, threats, breaking and entering and mischief.

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