Conte found fit to stand trial

Sooke man accused of murdering his mother will be tried.

  • Sun Mar 25th, 2012 2:00pm
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Alex Conte, will stand trial for the alleged murder of his mother Sarah Nickerson.

Conte was charged with second degree murder after he was arrested on Jan. 8 at his mother’s home at a mobile home park on Otter Point Road. Police had been called to the scene where they found his mother’s body.

The second determination of his ability to stand trial was read in Western Communities provincial court on March 22.

Conte, 21-years-old, was found marginally fit to stand trial on Feb. 16 and Judge Evan Blake ordered the second assessment to determine whether the was suffering from a mental disorder at the time of the murder. He was assessed at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Port Coquitlam.

Conte will appear in B.C. Supreme Court on April 16. Conte appeared in court on the previous two occasions via video conferencing, with some his family in the court room. He first appeared in court on Jan. 12 where the judge ordered the first assessment to ascertain whether Conte was fit to stand trial.