Man behind rampage found not criminally responsible

Kelowna case will now be turned over to the B.C. Review Board

  • Feb. 1, 2017 3:00 p.m.

The man behind a 2016 rampage through downtown has been found not criminally responsible for his actions.

The man who faced a number of charges after a dramatic rampage through downtown Kelowna has been found not criminally responsible for his actions.

Following a psychiatric evaluation, it’s been decided that Marc Andrew Fines suffered from a mental disorder that rendered him incapable of appreciating the nature and quality of his actions.

His case will now be turned over to the B.C. Review Board — its purpose is to make decisions and orders concerning the liberty of individuals whom courts have found to be not criminally responsible for acts committed while they were suffering from a mental disorder, or whose mental disorder makes them unfit to stand trial on criminal charges.

Fines nearly shut down Kelowna April 1, 2016 at 8:15 a.m., when the Kelowna RCMP received a report of an assault allegedly committed in the alleyway of the 1200 block of Ellis Street. Police had also received a report of a robbery committed near the intersection of Ellis Street and Cawston Avenue.

In a press release at the time, Police alleged that he assaulted a West Kelowna man in the alleyway behind Prospera Place, after the man refused to turn over his keys. The suspect fled on foot towards Ellis Street.

He then, allegedly, stole a child’s backpack being carried by the child’s father. The suspect allegedly assaulted the father, a 45-year-old man in front of his 8-year-old daughter, before fleeing the second scene in a grey Ford sedan.

He then allegedly broadsided  a police cruiser.

The chaos finally came to an end when nearby construction workers came to the rescue of the officer who was stunned by impact.

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