Montreal man charged with murder of girlfriend to undergo psychiatric evaluation

The Montreal man suspected of killing his girlfriend with a knife in Ahuntsic last week will undergo a psychiatric evaluation to see if he is apt to face a charge of second degree murder.

Ali Mahadi Mahamat, 23, was arraigned last week in court in connection with last Tuesday's death of 24-year-old Noémie Lavoie.

Mahamat's lawyer Tom Pentefountas said he didn't know why the psychiatric assessment wasn't requested at the time.

"The interactions I've had with my client thus far have led me to believe that there is a psychiatric aspect to the file," Pentefountas told CJAD 800.

Pentefountas said he also wants a psychiatric evaluation to determine if Mahamat was criminally responsible for his actions. The crown said the request was not a joint recommendation.

Wearing a grey winter jacket and a blue striped sweater, Mahamat appeared glum and looked at the floor during his brief court appearance.

Lavoie died of knife wounds reportedly after a violent argument.

Reports say Lavoie died the night before she was set to return home to her mother in the Saguenay.

Mahamat was out on parole after serving a 19 month sentence for armed assault in 2016. La Presse reports he was released on conditions pending possible deportation to his native Chad.

The case returns to court early next week.