July 21, 2024
Ford calls mental health patient detained for killing roommate an 'animal and 'nutcase'
“I’m passionate about helping people who have true mental illness … Stop sympathizing with axe-wielding murderers and all this bleeding heart stuff.”: Ford
“I’m passionate about helping people who have true mental illness … Stop sympathizing with axe-wielding murderers and all this bleeding heart stuff.”: Ford

KITCHENER, Ont. — Ontario’s premier said Friday that people with mental illness who commit crimes should be in jail, calling a patient who had been detained at a mental health hospital for killing his roommate an “animal.”

Doug Ford teed off for a second time on the case of Zhebin Cong, who was found not criminally responsible for killing his roommate with a meat cleaver in 2014.

Cong, who has schizophrenia, was an in-patient at the secured forensic unit of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto but failed to return on July 3 from an unaccompanied trip into the community. City police have said he has left the country.

Last month Ford called into a talk radio show to discuss the incident, calling the man a “nutcase.” The premier was criticized for that language and when asked Friday if he regrets it, he said not at all.

“It’s about time politicians stop hiding behind podiums and being politically correct,” Ford said. “He grabbed a meat cleaver and chopped up his roommate … just imagine if it was your daughter that this animal chopped up.”

Ford said federal laws need to be tougher to deal with people like Cong.

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