Man Who Used Van To Kill 10 Pedestrians In Toronto Guilty

FILE - In this May 10, 2018 file photo of a courtroom sketch, from left, defense lawyer Boris Bytensky, Justice Ruby Wong, Alek Minassian and Crown prosecutor Joe Callaghan are shown in court as Minassian appears by video in Toronto, Canada. Minassian, who admitted using a van to kill 10 pedestrians in Toronto on April 23, 2018, was found guilty on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. (Alexandra Newbould/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

(AP) — A Canadian judge has found guilty a man who admitted using a van to kill 10 pedestrians in Toronto. Alek Minassian faced 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder.

The April 23, 2018, attack drew attention to an online world of sexual loneliness, rage and misogyny. His lawyer argued he didn’t know what he was doing was wrong because he has autism spectrum disorder, a stance that angled autism rights advocates. Justice Anne Molloy said Wednesday the man’s lawyers failed toprove he was not criminally responsible.


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