Psych exam for accused animal torturer

By: The Canadian Press

 | May 09, 2014 - 2:48 PM |
CALGARY - A Calgary man accused of torturing and killing a dog and a cat earlier this year in a horrific case of animal abuse will receive a psychiatric assessment.

Nicolino Ivano Camardi, who is 19, was arrested earlier this month at his family's home and faces charges of wilfully causing unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to an animal.

The Calgary Humane Society began investigating in January when a starved dog was found dead with tape around its muzzle.

A dead cat was found in the same area a week later with green painter's tape covering most of its face.

The judge granted a joint request from the Crown and Camardi's defence lawyer for an assessment on his fitness to stand trial.

His lawyer wants him moved to a psychiatric assessment facility as soon as possible over concerns about his safety at the Calgary Remand Centre.

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