Charges to be stayed
A 28-year-old Polish man charged after disrupting an international flight from Halifax to London earlier this month will be sent back to his home country for treatment of mental health issues.
Charges against Sebastian Szubski of assault and behaving in a way that endangers safety and interferes with the flight crew under the Federal Aeronautics Act, will be stayed.
When the case was called in provincial court in St. John's this morning, Crown prosecutors told Judge Robert Hyslop that following a week-long psychiatric assessment at the Waterford Hospital, a doctor has determined Szubski was not criminally responsible for the disruption due to mental illness.
The prosecutors said that to avoid a lengthy mental health evaluation process in this province, in addition to the language barrier and cultural differences, Szubski would fare better being treated for the illness in his home country.
Szubski will remain at the Waterford Hospital until Monday while travel arrangements are being made for him.
The court will be given an update on Monday.
The Air Canada flight was diverted to St. John's after Szubski allegedly assaulted a person on the flight.