March 7, 2011
Bishop David Monroe

Bishop David Monroe

The man who attacked Bishop David Monroe of Kamloops last October was found not criminally responsible in Provincial Court Feb. 24.

Judge Sheri Donegan ruled 31-year-old John Bandura was not criminally responsible because of a mental disorder.

Bandura, who suffers from bipolar disorder, had been charged with aggravated assault and assault with a weapon.

Donegan said the evidence overwhelmingly showed that Bandura was in the middle of a severe delusional disorder at the time of the attack.

Bandura attacked Monroe Oct. 22 at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Kamloops. His family had taken him to a nearby hospital for a voluntary psychiatric assessment.

Bandura smashed through a window and ran off to the cathedral, asking for a priest. Monroe let Bandura into the rectory.

When the bishop led him into the kitchen, he began attacking the bishop with blunt objects. After the attack, Bandura escaped from the cathedral and swam across the Thompson River.

Monroe, 69, remained in hospital recovering from the attack until Dec. 16.

Bandura's case will be turned over to the Review Board of B.C. Under the Criminal Code, boards have the option to order an absolute discharge, a conditional discharge, or detention in the custody of a hospital.