Initial assessment finds mother unfit to stand trial: defence

Lisa Deanne Batstone – charged with killing her own daughter – is now to undergo a full 'fitness assessment.'

The lawyer for a South Surrey woman accused of killing her own daughter last week says his client’s mental health casts doubt on whether a trial on her second-degree murder charge can proceed.

“It’s a very serious concern,” Craig Sicotte said outside Surrey Provincial Court Thursday morning, of Lisa Deanne Batstone’s condition.

“Miss Batstone’s mental state is very fragile. Without an assurance that she’s fit to stand trial, this can’t proceed any further.”

Batstone is charged with second-degree murder after being arrested Dec. 10 at the scene of what was first thought to be a minor traffic incident. The body of eight-year-old Teagan Batstone was found in the trunk of the car.

In court, at Sicotte’s request and as family and friends of the accused listened, Judge Donald Gardner ordered a “fitness assessment” of the mother and set her next court appearance for Jan. 5.

Craig Sicotte

Lisa Batstone’s father, Barry Hamilton, was in court Thursday, but “gratefully declined” to comment publicly. During the proceedings, he exchanged blown kisses with his distraught daughter and gestured towards his heart.

Friends of Lisa Batstone also did not want to comment publicly, except to say that the 41-year-old “was so loved.”

Another commented that the mother “was head over heels for Teagan.”

Sicotte told reporters he knows of “nothing to indicate anything other than she was a loving, devoted mother.”

 

 

Just Posted

South Surrey senior ‘irate’ over policing-transition venue change

Pat Anderson says she disagrees with the transition plan – but never got a chance to say so

White Rock water testing well within Health Canada guidelines

Drinking water more than measuring up to current standards, Dr. Saad Jasim tells council

Surrey-North Delta Meals on Wheels in ‘desperate’ search for new partner

Without a new kitchen found by Sept. 1, the charity says it won’t have food to deliver to those in need

‘He’s still with me on the daily’: Slain friend motivates Surrey’s Lyles to make it with B.C. Lions

Jaylen Sandhu a source of inspiration for running back, a former standout with Lord Tweedsmuir

Crime Stoppers urges Lower Mainland residents to check these 9 safety items every night

Home security tips demonstrated at Cloverdale house on Wednesday

VIDEO: Acknowledging skeptics, finance minister vows to build Trans Mountain project

Bill Morneau said he recognizes ‘huge amount of anxiety’ in Calgary over future of oil and gas sector

Men caught with illegal gun near Burnaby elementary school

They were sitting in a parked car near Cameron Elementary

Home care for B.C.’s elderly is too expensive and falls short: watchdog

Report says seniors must pay $8,800 a year for daily visits under provincial home support program

B.C. ‘struggling’ to meet needs of vulnerable youth in contracted care: auditor

Auditor general says youth in contracted residential services may not be getting support they need

Pair of B.C. cities crack Ashley Madison’s ‘Infidelity Hotlist’

Data from the website reveals Abbotsford and Kelowna hottest spots for cheaters

Life’s work of talented B.C. sculptor leads to leukemia

Former Salmon Arm resident warns of dangers of chemical contact

Billboard posted along B.C.’s Highway of Tears to remember missing and murdered Indigenous women

Billboards featuring Indigenous artwork to be placed in Surrey, Kamloops and near Prince George

Canada’s first dementia village close to opening

Langley project to provide home-like surroundings for between $83,400 and $93,600 a year

Unexpected snow blankets the Okanagan Connector

As of 6:50 a.m. DriveBC cameras displayed surprise snowfall on highway

Most Read

l -->