Psychiatric evaluation for man charged with threating airplane
Published Tuesday, August 27, 2013 2:51PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, August 27, 2013 6:44PM EDT
The man charged with uttering threats that forced an airplane to land at Trudeau airport will undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
Friends and family of Dogan Akkaya, 25, say he is a troubled man who suffers from depression and other mental health issues, but point out he has never had so much as a traffic ticket.
In court on Tuesday his lawyer and the Crown prosecutor agreed that a professional needed to evaluate his mental state before more legal proceedings could continue.
He will be examined at the Pinel Institute before returning to court on Sept. 23.
Akkaya was aboard a flight from Toronto to Istanbul, with a stopover in Montreal, when he became aggressive in mid-air.
In court on Tuesday Akkaya said that he was confused by a vivid dream, apologized for his actions and pointed out that he did not hurt anyone.
One passenger told a Turkish newspaper that Akkaya threatened a flight attendant, saying something like 'this will be your last flight.'
His lawyer said Akkaya also said 'you will hear a bang bang and everyone will die.'
It was at this point that the pilot decided to return to Montreal on Sunday evening, where police arrested Akkaya and took him into custody.
Akkaya is a construction worker, a Canadian citizen who has been living in and around Toronto for the past nine years. His parents are in Turkey and he was flying there to visit them.
Akkaya is facing charges of uttering threats, hoax terrorist activity, assault, criminal harassment and criminal mischief.
If convicted he faces a maximum of ten years in prison.