The highest court in the country heard arguments Tuesday on the constitutionality of a controversial section of the Criminal Code which says self-induced intoxication cannot be used as a defence.
At issue were the cases of two Ontario men: Thomas Chan and David Sullivan.
In 2015, Chan — then a 19-year-old student — took a large dose of psilocybin (the compound in so-called “magic mushrooms”) before stabbing his father to death and seriously injuring his father’s partner at their home in Peterborough.
Two years prior, Sullivan — a Whitby man with a criminal record — attempted suicide by taking the prescription medication Wellbutrin but ended up stabbing his mother under
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