Adam Reaburn | 19:40 This live blog is over. We will keep working on this story and post updates as they become available. Adam Reaburn | 18:53 The RCMP are about to hold a press conference about the arrest made today in Fort St. John. We will live blog the press conference here.Advertisement Adam Reaburn | 19:15 Press Conference under way with MP Kerry-Lynee Findlay commending the RCMP on the arrest Adam Reaburn | 18:53 Fort St. John man arrested on Terrorism offences 6Adam ReaburnThe Fort St. John RCMP along with the RCMP Integrated National Security Enforcement Team arrested Othman Ayed Hamdan in Fort St. John. Hamdan has been charged with committing terrorism offences contrary to Section 83.2 of the Criminal Code.Hamdan is 33 years-old and has been charged with, counselling to commit murder for the benefit of a terrorist group, counselling to assault causing bodily harm for the benefit of a terrorist group and counselling to commit aggravated assault for the benefit of a terrorist group.According to the RCMP, a criminal investigation into Hamdan started in October 2014 and revealed that he was involved in posting pro-Islamic State (ISIS) propaganda online which included inducement and instructions to commit murder in the name of Jihad.A search warrant was executed at Hamdan’s residence and a number of items were seized.“Through the collaboration of our INSET, we were able to arrest this individual and disrupt his efforts to harm citizens across the country,” said Superintendent Dan Bond, Assistant Criminal Operations Officer, National Security for the RCMP in British Columbia.Advertisement Adam Reaburn | 19:16 Video feed from CTV doesn’t seem to be working. We will look for another stream to share. Adam Reaburn | 19:06 We are still waiting for the RCMP to start the press conference. The live blog will start as soon as they begin. “The safety and security of citizens across Canada is of the utmost importance to us, and we take these threats very seriously,” stated Chief Superintendent Scott Doran, officer in charge of the RCMP’s Federal Policing Criminal Operations in Ottawa.Hamdan will now appear before the courts. The RCMP say they will not release any further information now that the case is before the courts. Adam Reaburn | 19:22 – Advertisement -The press conference seems to be over – no new information was released. Not sure why they had a press conference. Adam Reaburn | 19:15 Findlay says she can’t comment on the specifics.Advertisement Adam Reaburn | 19:27 Court search shows Hamdan has been in court before for explosives in Fort St. John. Adam Reaburn | 19:25 According to court documents, Hamdan also faced charges in September of 2014 and in March 2015 for “makes/has or was in the possession of explosive substance”. Both offences are listed has having happened in Fort St. John. Adam Reaburn | 18:55 You can also watch the update thanks to CTV here: http://bc.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=68597&binId=1.1184694&playlistPageNum=1
Before dropping her three young sons into San Francisco Bay, authorities said, Lashuan Harris had been hospitalized and prescribed drugs to quiet the voices inside her head, and she reportedly had told relatives she planned to feed her children to the sharks. Still, legal and mental health experts said mounting a successful insanity defense will be difficult for the 23-year-old mother. California is one of about 20 states that use the strictest legal standard for assessing a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Under California’s rule, criminal defendants must not only show evidence of mental illness, but also show that they were incapable of determining right from wrong. “Somebody may be very clearly psychotic and have a history of behaviors that establish the person was … delusional, but that doesn’t get you to insanity the way the law looks at it,” said Ron Honberg, legal director for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Harris’ lawyer, Teresa Caffese, refused comment last week on whether her client, who pleaded not guilty to three counts of capital murder, would eventually claim insanity. On Wednesday evening, Harris lifted her three sons one by one over the railing of a downtown pier and dropped them into the 53-degree water 10 feet below, authorities said. She reportedly told authorities voices instructed her to do so. The body of Taronta Greeley, 2, was recovered late Wednesday night about two miles from Pier 7. The other boys – Treyshun Harris, 6, and Joshoa Greeley, 16 months – remained missing Sunday and were presumed dead. Relatives say the former nurse’s assistant, who gave birth to her first child at age 16, suffers from schizophrenia that surfaced within the last two years, and her condition recently worsened when she stopped taking her medication. Harris’ history as a struggling young, single mother may have exacerbated her condition, said Shari Lusskin, director of reproductive psychiatry at New York University Medical Center. “She is a walking risk factor,” Lusskin said. A review of recent cases in which a child was murdered by a mother shows mixed success for arguing the mother was not responsible for her actions because of mental illness. Christina Riggs, a nurse who injected her two sons with potassium chloride, the chemical used in executions, was put to death in Arkansas five years ago after an unsuccessful insanity defense. Prosecutors sought the death penalty for Andrea Yates, the Texas mother who in 2001 methodically drowned her five children in a bathtub. Despite an insanity plea based on postpartum psychosis, she was sentenced to life in prison. In contrast, Deanna Laney, an East Texas woman who beat her two young sons to death with rocks, was acquitted earlier this year by reason of insanity. Prosecutors have not yet decided whether to seek the death penalty for Harris. California is among states that made it harder for defendants to meet the insanity standard after the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan in 1981. John Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity, and he has been confined to a mental institution. Legal experts say insanity defenses are used in only about 2 percent of all felony cases, and insanity-based acquittals remain uncommon. Harris, who is due back in court Friday, will most likely face a hearing at some point to determine if she is mentally competent to stand trial, and psychiatrists will eventually attempt to determine whether she was insane at the time of the killings. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!