Mother of Vanderhoof shooter recalls son’s mental health issues

Night just before the incident, mothers and fathers had confronted Paul Nicholas Russell about worry he was not using his medicine, demo hears

The mother of a person on trial for opening hearth on the Vanderhoof RCMP detachment 1 1/2 yrs ago gave an account Tuesday of the trouble they had taking care of his mental well being troubles around the months and times major up to the incident.

Paul Nicholas Russell stands accused of nine rates, like counts of tried murder with a firearm and mischief endangering lifestyle from the Nov. 25, 2021, function in the community 100 kilometres west of Prince George.

Testifying on behalf of defence counsel, Kathy-Lynn Russell reported her son’s excessive drinking had been a resource of pressure for many a long time. Then late one evening in the summer of 2021, he left a message on his parents’ voicemail indicating he had been conversing to his deceased uncle and could see COVID particles floating in the air.

Her son, the oldest of three little ones and who goes by the title “Nick,” was taken to the clinic in Vanderhoof and, with his consent, he was admitted into the psychiatric ward at College Healthcare facility of Northern British Columbia in Prince George. 

“At that point the health practitioner imagined his consuming was leading to his hallucinations, but he was still bewildered for all of July,” she instructed the court and went on to say Nick went so considerably as to get in touch with law enforcement on himself. He was arrested less than the Psychological Well being Act and was again in medical center for a further 5-6 times.

But a lot more delusions and instances of bizarre behaviour adopted. In respond to, he was recommended a medicine to handle a suspected dopamine imbalance.

“That seemed to settle Nick kind of,” she mentioned. “But he was variety of slow and sluggish and experienced a lot of troubles with short-phrase memory.”

By about the finish of September, he stopped using the treatment. By mid-Oct, he was on a diverse medication but continued to make “odd choices” such as dropping off a set of antlers and his passport at the RCMP detachment and normally had hassle subsequent by way of on everyday jobs.

Russell renewed taking the medicine he was originally recommended but by his mother’s estimation only half the amount of money he was intended to eat. 

On the night prior to the working day of the incident, Russell was at his moms and dads property to support his father with a endeavor. But he appeared puzzled and unable to grasp what they were being supposed to do. A confrontation followed when his parents raised issue that he could possibly have been drinking and had not stored in touch with them.

“He acquired very upset,” Kathy-Lynn Russell instructed the court docket. “He explained he was seeking and he remaining. I wouldn’t say he was offended but he was upset.”

Afterwards that evening, she and her spouse drove above to his home to make sure he was at residence but did not go within out of concern that would upset him even far more.

In the course of cross examination, she confirmed her son had amassed a assortment of firearms in excess of the several years but could not say how quite a few he owned. Crown counsel David Jardine prompt a mix of up to 26 guns and prolonged guns.

When the symptoms of mental health and fitness challenges started to surface area, she stated she and her partner talked him into turning over what they believed had been all the keys to the protected when he held the guns, the courtroom heard.

Some 5 days ahead of the incident, the firearms registry left a information on their cellphone indicating their son could possibly have to get clearance from a doctor to hold the weapons. Why the message was left with his parents, his mother explained she could not say but when they told Nick, he appeared relaxed.

“Was he offended about it?” Jardine requested. “No, he just said Alright. He had also disclosed in July that he had them, when he was arrested.”

Closing arguments from Crown and defence counsels are scheduled for Wednesday.