Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: Frightening Spiral

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: Frightening Spiral

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Editorial Exchange: Frightening spiral

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An editorial from the St. John's Telegram, published Feb. 7:

It is definitely too late to help Marcel Reardon, who was killed in a hammer attack in May 2016.

It may well be too late to meaningfully help Anne Norris, who killed Reardon and whose case is now being heard in this province's Supreme Court.

But maybe, just maybe, frank testimony from Norris' father on Monday might help others.

On the stand, Gary Norris drew a clear and compelling picture of a young woman falling into mental illness: from stockpiling weapons to accusing family members, friends and coworkers of imagined assault and sexual misconduct, to an inability to get help from medical officials to drifting into a life in shelters and on the street.

Just imagine you were testifying that your own daughter had said her boyfriend had held a gun to her head and sexually assaulted her, but you knew the boyfriend had done nothing wrong.

Testifying that you even drove the boyfriend to court to deal with a request for a peace bond.

"A couple days after making the report to police, she went to the Waterford. Her aunt was with her," Norris testified. "They wouldn't admit her. They gave her medication and sent her home. As she was leaving, Anne was yelling, 'I'm going to kill myself.' Her aunt said to a nurse, 'Did you hear that?' The nurse said, 'I heard it, but I can't do anything about it. …

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