A 76-year-old Toronto man has been found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of a fellow resident at a Scarborough care home in 2013.
Peter Brooks had pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder in connection with the death of 72-year-old Jocelyn Dickson at The Wexford Residence.
The jury had heard how Dickson and another resident of the facility, 91-year-old Lourdes Missier, were attacked by Brook
s with a cane as they slept in their beds.
Brooks was found not guilty on a charge of attempted murder in connection with the attack on Missier.
During the trial, the defense had argued that the defendant had dementia, and therefore was not criminally responsible for his actions.
Brooks himself had testified that a spirit in a dream told him to “beat the crap” out of the two women, he also stated that he believed that the pair were conspiring to have him kicked of the care home.
The Crown on the other hand, had maintained that Brookes was fully aware of his actions.
The verdict was handed down at the University Avenue courthouse, shortly before 10.p.m on Thursday night.
The jury had been deliberating since Wednesday.