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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Christopher Ryan Becker was found not criminally responsible by reason of mental disorder following an assault that occurred in 2020.

Becker appeared in Fort St. John Provincial Court on May 5th and 6th, 2022, and a judgment was made on October 21st, 2022.

Becker was accused of committing aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and a breach of recognizance by being under the influence of cocaine or methamphetamine on August 14th, 2020, in Fort St. John.

The court concluded that Becker entered an “automatistic” state at the time of the offences due to his schizophrenia-related paranoia.

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, automatistic is automatic behaviour without conscious control.

Becker will be transported into the custody of the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital pending the review board’s decision to either admit him to the hospital or release him from custody.

D.T. Reeves, the judge presiding over the case, said Becker was incarcerated at the Prince George Regional Correctional Facility until the day before the alleged offences.

While incarcerated, Becker was diagnosed with schizophrenia, attention deficit disorder, and polysubstance dependence.

The Crown suggests Becker consumed crack cocaine of an unknown quantity or quality on the day of his release and the hours before the alleged offences.

Becker denies this, but his counsel admits this likely occurred.

The court said Becker was incapable of understanding the nature and quality of the alleged assaults due to his mental disorder.

He felt morally compelled by a voice, which he attributed to Lucifer, to protect vulnerable people, leading to the attack on his cousin and neighbour.

“Mr. Becker and members of the family, I wish all of you the best as you continue to deal with his persistent mental illness. Good luck,” said Reeves.

Editor’s note: The details about Becker’s medical history and the victim’s names have been removed out of respect for the family involved.

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Shailynn Foster is a news reporter for Shailynn has been writing since she was 7 years old, but only recently started her journey as a journalist. Shailynn was born and raised in Fort St. John and she watches way too much YouTube, Netflix and Disney+ during the week while playing DND on the weekends.