Barter committed to psych hospital

A Vernon man found not criminally responsible of a brutal murder on account of a mental disorder has been ordered held in custody at a provincial psychiatric hospital.

A Vernon man found not criminally responsible of a brutal murder on account of a mental disorder has been ordered held in custody at a provincial psychiatric hospital.

Kenneth Scott Barter appeared before the B.C. Review Board on Tuesday.

Barter was found not criminally responsible of second degree murder in connection with the 2010 killing of Nathan Mayrhofer in January in Vernon Supreme Court.

Barter had been under the delusion that Mayrhofer was going to hurt his father when he killed Mayrhofer in a downtown Vernon apartment in August, then cut up his body.

The review board ordered Barter be held in custody for 12 months until his next hearing at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in the Lower Mainland. Barter will continue to be monitored throughout the next year.

The order also contains seven strict conditions that Barter must follow, including to not acquire, possess or use any firearm, explosive or offensive weapon. He is not to consume or use alcohol, hallucinogens or intoxicants. In fact, he can’t use any drugs except as approved by a medical practitioner.

Barter may also be subjected to urine tests, and must keep the peace and be of good behaviour.