Rustico man not criminally responsible for attack on motorcyclist

Sampson in care of Hillsborough Hospital until criminal code review board decides next steps

Published on August 7, 2012
Police say a 33-year-old North Rustico man used his car as a weapon by rearending motorcycle in Anglo Rustico, causing it to flip, throwing the 43-year-old Greenvale man off his machine.
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A 33-year-old Rustico-area man, who deliberately drove his truck into the back of a motorcycle and then proceeded to assault the motorcyclist as he lay on the ground, has been found not criminally responsible for his actions.

The court was told Stephen George Sampson was not mentally capable of determining right from wrong when he committed the actions that led to the charges against him.

Sampson was suffering under the delusion that the victim had been molesting his dog.

What will happen to the accused now rests with a criminal code review board.

That board could release Sampson from custody under certain conditions or could order that he be detained in a psychiatric facility. In the interim, Sampson has been remanded into the care of the Hillsborough Hospital.

Sampson had been charged at the time of this incident with aggravated assault, assault causing bodily harm, assault with a weapon and dangerous driving.

The injuries to the victim were such that part of his leg had to be amputated.