The woman accused of first degree murder in the stabbing of a woman in the city’s PATH system has parted ways with her legal representation.
Rohinie Bisesar made yet another court appearance at Old City Hall on Wednesday for the submission of a psychiatric report.
The judge had previously ordered that the 40 year old undergo a mental health assessment at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, following a series of bizarre outbursts in court during which she had expressed concerns about terrorism and national security.
She had also been hospitalized in the past month, although the reasons behind her stay in hospital remain unclear, while the reasons why Bisesar decided to fire her lawyer, and further details of Wednesday’s hearing cannot be divulged due to a publication ban.
Speaking outside the courtroom following his dismissal, Calvin Barry said “people can be unrepresented, despite mental illnesses looming — speaking generally — and if somebody wants to discharge you than that’s their prerogative.”
He also said that as he is no longer Bisesar’s legal counsel, it would not be appropriate for him to comment on the findings of the psychiatrist’s assessment, “generally fitness is something that can can come in and out and has to be basically looked at and reviewed on an ongoing basis in some cases,” Barry said, adding that many of the judges and prosecutors in the specialized court have training in mental health issues.”
It has since been confirmed that Bisesar had hired a new lawyer and that a hearing to determine her fitness to stand trial will resume on Thursday.
She is charged in the death of 28 year old Rosemarie Junior, who died in hospital five days after being stabbed at a Shoppers Drug Mart in the PATH system near Bay Street and Wellington Street.