The Calgary man found not criminally responsible for stabbing to death five students at a house party in April 2014 addressed the family of his victims for the first time Wednesday.
Speaking at a review board hearing to determine what privileges, if any, he would be granted while in custody at the Southern Alberta Forensic Psychiatry Centre, de Grood said he was “deeply sorry.”
Michael Spratt, an Ottawa-based criminal lawyer told VICE privileges in this case would typically be things like allowed access to the grounds, escorts to the community, frequent family visits, and other activities that will assist in treatment and reintegration.
As it stands, de Grood will be under 24-hour supervision.
Spratt said the main consideration when granting privileges should be public safety.
“Privileges should never be denied as punishment. It is not uncommon for privileges to be granted gradually to ensure that the patient is ready and the public won’t be jeopardized.”
Spratt said de Grood’s apology is not unusual for this type of hearing.
“The person is at the hospital and being treated because they did not know that they did wrong. It is a sign treatment is working when a patient gains insight and appreciation of their mental health issues and the impacts of their actions.”