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Teen accused of murder to undergo psychiatric assessment


Published on December 22, 2016

Accused murderer Graham Veitch's new lawyer, Jason Edwards, speaks to Veitch's family today when he case was called in provincial court in St. John's.

A teenager accused of killing his mother’s partner and assaulting his own mother and brother with a hammer will undergo a psychiatric assessment.

The 18-year-old, Graham Veitch, was back in provincial court in St. John's this morning before Judge Mark Pike. He was represented by his new lawyer, Jason Edwards.

Edwards recommended the assessment. Crown prosecutor Jason House agreed.

Veitch has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of Dave Collins, 55, as well as a number of other charges: a charge of assaulting his mother with a hammer, a charge of assaulting his brother with a hammer, a charge of assaulting a police officer, a charge of theft and a charge of evading police.

Members of the RNC, fire department and ambulance services were called to a home on Cadigan’s Road in Logy Bay around 7 p.m. Sunday night in response to a report of a serious assault with a weapon. Collins was taken to hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Veitch allegedly stole Collins’ car and fled, but was located by police shortly after 11 p.m. in the Outer Cove area. Police say he rammed a marked police car and tried to drive around it, striking a second police car.

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With files from Tara Bradbury

 

Graham Veitch, 18, is led into court in St. John’s Monday. The teen was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Dave Collins, along with other charges.

©Joe Gibbons/The Telegram file photo