Doctors get another 30 days to assess man arrested after police, pedestrian attacks

Doctors have requested another 30 days to assess whether a man arrested after pedestrians were run down following an attack on a city police officer could be held criminally responsible.

It’s the latest delay in the case of Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, who faces a string of charges including five counts of attempted murder after the officer was run down and stabbed before a U-Haul truck was driven into pedestrians in downtown Edmonton Sept. 30.

Sharif has not entered pleas on the charges.

“Delays are always of concern, there’s no doubt about that,” Sharif’s defence lawyer, Karanpal Aujla said after his client appeared in Edmonton provincial court Monday. “In a case like this, it has been taking quite a bit of time to get these assessments. Typically it doesn’t take that long.