Manitoba Judge safeguards the rights of a mentally challenged person by sentencing outside of the mandatory minimum


Last Tuesday Justice Colleen Suche of the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench refused to punish a mentally disabled man to the mandatory minimum sentence. Mario Adamo, 39, suffers from mental-health problems that resulted from a horrific beating in 2000 by members of the Hells Angels gang.judge-overrules-law-on-gun-crime-225147502.html The judge ruled that the mental challenges of Adamo made him less to blame for his actions, and decided outside of the restricting mandatory sentence. The firearm offence Adamo was charged with would have sent him to prison for three years. Suche sentenced Adamo instead to the six months of time he already served, and three years of supervised probation.

In the 59-page decision, Suche found that the federal prison system does not have the ability to deal with the mental-health needs of Adamo. Mentally ill people are guaranteed to full consideration of the law under section 15 (1) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The decision by Suche may make its way to the Court of Appeal.