Central North Correctional Centre in Penetanguishene
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Benjamin Lam, 33, who has a long history of assaults, threats, and throwing feces and urine, threatened the guard because he didn't want to come to court, Crown Michelle Levasseur said.
"He told the guard he would throw a cup of (urine) in his face," Levasseur said. "He has had similar problems in Ottawa ... We cannot allow him to control the system with this behavior ... or we are just reinforcing it."
The Crown asked the jail's tactical unit at the Central North Correctional Centre in Penetanguishene, where Lam is now in custody, to use physical force to get him to court.
Lam, whose latest charge is threatening to kill a guard and his family and flooding his cell with water, tried earlier this month to be found unfit for trial. During that hearing, Lam used eloquent language and occasional legal Latin phrases to the judge.
"It is my contention that I suffered a cognitive perceptual distraction that caused me to break with reality that rendered me with a significantly decreased capacity to appreciate the true nature of my surroundings and actions," he told the judge, who found Lam fit for trial.
Now Lam wants another hearing, asking to be found not criminally responsible for his crimes -- but first he must be found guilty of the offences.
By the time guards used tactical force to get him to court, Lam appeared subdued and compliant. However, it was too late to begin his hearing. Lam refused to apply for Legal Aid to get a lawyer, but Legal Aid Ontario appointed him a lawyer anyway.
A new hearing was set for July 6.