Edmonton truck attack suspect found fit to stand trial

The suspect in the Sept. 30 attack on a city police officer near Commonwealth Stadium and four pedestrians on Jasper Avenue has been found fit to stand trial after an assessment at Alberta Hospital.

Abdulahi Hasan Sharif was scheduled to appear in court on Friday morning.

Another 30 days is needed for a non-criminally responsible assessment.

Sharif, 30, last appeared in court on Dec. 12 when the case was adjourned until Friday due to a shortage of hospital beds following a mental health review ordered in November.

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Karanpal Aujla, the defence lawyer in the case, said the earliest Sharif could be assessed was on Dec. 14.

The mental health assessments will determine whether he is criminally responsible for his actions at the time of the offence and whether he understood his actions, right from wrong, and if he had the ability to control his behaviour.

Sharif was charged with five counts of attempted murder after Const. Mike Chernyk was hit by a car and stabbed before a rented U-Haul hit four pedestrians near Jasper Avenue in the early hours of Oct. 1.

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