Fate of Bathurst man accused of threatening Bishop to be decided by special panel

A special panel mandated to handle cases involving those with mental disorders will ultimately decide the fate of a Bathurst man accused of threatening the life of a Roman Catholic bishop in November.

A judge decided to send 68 year old Gregory Pitre to the Restigouche Health Centre to continue treatment on Monday and put his case in the hands of the New Brunswick Review Board.

Pitre was charged with a number of offences  including uttering death threats, possessing a restricted firearm with ammunition, as well as carrying  a concealed weapon.

A psychiatric assessment determined in December that Pitre would not be responsible for his action but still fit to stand trial.

Pitre's lawyer expects a decision from the board in the coming months.

Martin Siscoe says the board will review the case to determine when Pitre can be released back into the public.

Siscoe says treatment and getting Pitre back to being a regular member of society are the ultimate goals.

(with files from the Northern Light)