Justin Silva, also known as the Livingston psychiatrist, has been ruled fit for trial by a court-appointed psychiatrist. Last year, the man allegedly beat her grandmother and attempted to steal her house. Previously, Silva also torched a Livingston restaurant.
Livingston Arsonist Underwent Surgery for Brain Tumor
Silva’s story began several years ago when he was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor. The man underwent surgery at the Stanford University, where his doctor managed to excise the brain outgrowth. However, the surgeon told Silva as well as the authorities, that an intervention of this caliber could impede an individual’s capacity of distinguishing right from wrong.
Following the surgery and the subsequent arrest for arson and aggravated battery, Justin Silva was evaluated and diagnosed with severe bipolar disorder. The doctors concluded that Silva could not be held accountable for the charges, as he does not possess the capacity to distinguish right from wrong.
However, a court-appointed psychiatrist, who evaluated the Livingston arsonist and his case notes determined that at the time of both incidents, the suspect was in a sound mental state and knew what he was doing.
Weeks after setting the Livingston restaurant on fire, Silva went to his grandmother’s house where he allegedly assaulted the woman and tried to steal her home. According to the man’s affidavit, Silva believed that the woman’s house was possessed by an evil entity and that he tried to perform an exorcism.
Baffling enough, prior to this incident, the man received treatment for his mental illness and attempted to get himself checked in at a Fresno client where he was turned down.
Following the latest psychiatric report, the Livingston arsonist is expected in court where he will have to answer for the charges brought against him.
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