Executive charged in Rosedale stabbing appears in court
A businesswoman accused of stabbing a man at a Rosedale apartment complex appeared in a Toronto court on Monday.
Ellis Kirkland, 60, has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and other charges related to a stabbing that occurred on the morning of March 10.
Police said a 67-year-old doorman at the apartment building had been stabbed repeatedly with a kitchen knife. He was treated in hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, and was released on Saturday.
Kirkland was taken into custody several hours after the incident, when police found her on a highrise hotel balcony. Tactical officers rappelled from the roof to reach Kirkland after an hours-long "crisis" situation.
Kirkland, a Harvard University-educated architect, is currently being held at the Vanier Centre for Women in Milton, Ont. She is being represented by two lawyers, Mitchell Worsoff and former Liberal MP and lawyer, John Nunziata, in mental health court on Monday.
The lawyers said they would be asking the Crown for as much information as possible. And they were anxious to have their client assessed by a forensic psychologist.
Speaking to CTV Toronto on Sunday, Worsoff said his client is "obviously very troubled," and may be dealing with some "very severe" mental health issues.
On Monday, the judge granted her lawyer’s request to transfer Kirkland from a correctional facility in Milton to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) for a seven-day assessment.
Worsoff said Kirkland is stable but appeared confused on Saturday when he met her. He says she appeared to have no knowledge about what happened.