Toronto man should be found not criminally responsible for murder, court told

TORONTO — The prosecution and defence in a Toronto murder trial have told court a 33-year-old man should be found not criminally responsible for killing his grandmother and trying to kill a health-care worker.

Michael Colatosti has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder for the death of Elena Marcucci and attempted murder of Osayuki Erhabor on Aug. 18, 2018.

The proceedings have largely taken place over telephone and video conference due to the COVID-19 pandemic while the judge and some staff are at the downtown courthouse.

An agreed statement of facts says Colatosti lived with his grandparents to help take care of his grandfather who suffered from dementia.

The facts say Colatosti believed the world was ending and that his grandparents were robots sent to harm him.

Court heard Colatosti stormed out the basement in west-end Toronto around 6:30 p.m. and stabbed his grandmother to death and also stabbed Erhabor, who was tending to his grandfather.

“We have evidence that Mr. Colatosti was under the delusion the end of the world was happening and his grandparents were really just impostors that turned into robots that were malevolent, and he had to act out,” said Crown attorney Patrick Travers.

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