The man accused of pushing two teenagers in the path of an oncoming subway train was hearing "auditory hallucinations" urging him to kill, court heard yesterday.
Adenir DeOliveira, the 47-year-old who has been charged with three counts of attempted murder in connection to the attack, will undergo a 30-day psychiatric evaluation at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health on Queen St. W. The assessment will determine whether DeOliveira is criminally responsible for his alleged actions more than a week ago.
"He has significant mental health issues and he certainly needs help in a psychiatric environment," his lawyer, Ian Kostman, said this morning.
At around rush hour Feb. 14, three teenaged boys – two 14 year olds and a 15 year old – were standing on the eastbound Dufferin Station platform.
Then suddenly, without warning or provocation, a suspect shoved all three of them from behind. One was able to keep his balance. The other two fell onto the tracks. They miraculously survived when one rolled into a crawl space, pulling his friend with him.
One boy suffered significant injuries to his foot and has undergone several surgeries.
DeOliveira, an immigrant from Portugal who runs a small lawn-care business, was arrested outside a nearby Pizza Hut and was taken to the Don Jail.
The defence hired Dr. Julian Gojer to conduct a private psychiatric evaluation.
Yesterday, Judge Kathleen Caldwell agreed to the 30-day evaluation after reading Gojer's report.