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Dementia: The new frontier of criminal justice

Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 8:40 AM | By Heather Campbell

On the morning of Oct. 4, 2016, 85-year-old Fred van Zuiden stood alone before a justice of the peace in a Calgary courtroom. He was wearing a blue prison jumpsuit and appeared confused. He had no lawyer. Hours earlier, van Zuiden had allegedly murdered his wife of 56 years. Police had found her dead from blunt force trauma.

Audrey van Zuiden had been caring for her ailing husband at home; she did not want to place him in a care home. But at 80 years old,...