Nearly one year after her son was stabbed to death, Winnifred Mink says her family still grieves.
His killer has been ordered to be detained in a mental health facility after being found not criminally responsible by way of a mental disorder, but Mink says he should have gone to jail.
“I can’t find it in my heart to forgive him yet,” Mink said on Friday, her voice breaking at times as she discussed the fate of the teen who killed her son.
Terrance Leroy Mink, 18, was stabbed in the chest at an apartment on the 300-block of Louise Avenue in the early morning of March 11, 2013.
He was stabbed by a 17-year-old boy who was in the midst of an intense psychotic episode and had been having hallucinations and delusions for days leading up to the killing.
Initially charged with second-degree murder, on Aug. 20 the teen was found not criminally responsible due to a mental disorder.
A psychiatrist determined that he couldn’t appreciate his situation or tell right from wrong, although the specific cause of the psychosis hadn’t been determined.
The case was referred to the Manitoba Criminal Code Review Board for disposition and the board reached a decision on Nov. 18.
The board has released only limited details of the killer’s disposition, citing privacy concerns surrounding the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
However, under an order that came into effect on Nov. 28, the youth was ordered to be detained in an unspecified mental health facility.
The order included the option that he could be granted passes from the facility, if recommended by his treatment team and with the approval of the person in charge of the facility.
With a progress report, there was also the option that he could be offered an extended pass from the hospital to take part in a residential treatment program.
There’s also a chance that he may be granted an extended pass to live in the community.
Review Board dispositions are reviewed each year.
Mink said her son’s killer should have gone to jail, and she’s not happy with the possibility that he could be released from a mental health facility on passes.
“He’s out enjoying his life and he took my son’s life away,” Mink said.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 22, 2014