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Killers with dementia: Canada’s overlooked criminal defendants

Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 9:18 AM | By Heather Campbell

In October 2009, Ottawa nursing home resident Peter Lee allegedly smothered his bathroom-mate to death. Police believe that the 84-year-old, who had dementia due to Parkinson’s disease, suffocated the victim, who was asleep in bed, and then dragged the body toward the bathroom. Lee was charged with second degree murder.

In recent years, tragedies like this have captivated the public. Last month, a CBC Marketplace investigation reported on the “shocking rise” of abuse in Ontario long-term care homes. The episode begins with security camera footage of...