Pre-sentencing arguments began Wednesday in the case of the Dorval teen who shot his brother in 2012.
The teen, whose name cannot be revealed under the youth protection act, has already served nearly one year in custody, and just over a month under house arrest with extended family.
Crown prosecutor Marie-Claude Bourassa told Judge Guy Lecompte Wednesday morning she would like the boy to be kept in open custody at a youth facility at least for another 18 months, followed by 18 months of probation.
She argued the boy continues to tell conflicting stories about the events when his brother was shot, as well as an armed robbery and shoplifting.
The stories he has told social workers and psychiatrists directly conflicts with the evidence that has already been presented in court.
The two experts who testified Wednesday, a social worker and psychiatrist, both believe the soon-to-be 14-year-old can be rehabilitated, but only with the right framework and support system.
Dr. Martin Giniac, the expert psychiatrist who testified, said the boy has certain troubles when facing violent scenarios.
“He needs to change the direction of his life,” he told the judge. But he said it’s still difficult to come up with a prognosis because of varying information from the boy regarding substance abuse.
“It’s still not clear because he can’t be honest,” he said. We need to clear this question otherwise he will be in a grey zone.”
Admission is the first step to rehabilitation, he said.
“[He] believes telling the truth will bring negative impacts in his life,” Giniac said. “We want his reflex to be to tell the truth.”
The doctor believes regular and intense therapy can treat the Dorval boy’s issues.
“His insight is superficial, he admits he was involved [in the shooting], but it would be deeper to acknowledge what factors led to his behavior,” the psychiatrist said.
“The boy’s mother is too emotionally involved,” the psychiatrist said answering questions if the boy could return home. That’s when tears ran down the mother’s face.
“He now has a strong support system [with the foster family],” he said. But the issue continues to be the boy’s attitude towards treatment and rules for success.
The pre-sentencing arguments are expected to last the rest of the week.