Const. Frank Stellato has just taken the stand to testify for the defence.
The jury is currently being seated, trial will resume shortly.
Stellato worked at The Toronto West Detention Centre, where Badakhshan was an inmate after the fire.
Stellato is testifying to guarantee the authenticity of accused murder Farshad Badakhshan's health records from the detention centre.
Gabid Amaral, a health information specialist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, now testifying on accuracy of Badakhshan's records.
Badakhshan received medication from CAMH years before the fire in 2010.
The cross examination of Farshad Badakhshan's mother has resumed.
Sedigheh Moradi, Farshad Badakhshan's mother, says she did not notice any changes in her son's personality when he began a degree in pharmacy at the University of Dalhousie in 2000.
Moradi says she her son never blamed her for his mental illness.
Badakhshan and Moradi have lived in Halifax, Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto either together or separately within the last decade.
"He was just paranoid all over. One minute he was smiling and happy, the next he was angry and paranoid," says Moradi about her son in 2005.
"I was afraid of him coming into my room at night and hurting me in the dark," says Moradi. "I was afraid he would hurt me."
Moradi says that when her son moved in with her in Calgary in 2005, he could not hold a job due to fears about people from Halifax trying to come after him.
"I knew my son was sick, I saw it on his face," says Moradi. "Farshad was a nice, kind man. After the sickness he changed and became paranoid."
The trial is now in its morning recess for recess for half an hour.
Court adjourned for the day.
The trial is underway for the day.
Sedigheh Moradi, the mother of Farshad Badakhshan, is currently testifying.
Badakhshan was charged when he threatened Moradi in September 2008.
According to Moradi, her son has no recollection of the day of the fire.
Moradi spoke to her son for the first time after the fire at Sunnybrook Hospital.
Court just heard that Moradi warned a previous girlfriend that Badakhshan was "scary" and that she should "get away."
Badakhshan's injuries were so severe after the fire that Moradi wanted doctors to stop treatment and let her son die at one point.
"No mother wants her son to die, but he was suffering and going to jail after," said Moradi.
Moradi got a lawyer for Badakhshan on Sept. 27 2010. By this time, Badakhshan's condition had significantly improved.
Moradi says her relationship with her son over the past few years is the best it's ever been.
The court is in its morning recess.
Court has resumed from its morning recess.
Badakhshan picked at his wounds and made other efforts to sabotage his care while at the hospital in order to prolong his stay and avoid prison.
Moradi has finished her testimony, and the trial is done for the day. It will resume on March 17 at 10 a.m.
The trial has resumed with Lisa Ramshaw, an expert in forensic psychiatry, testifying for the defense.
Ramshaw has testified in hundreds of criminal cases as an expert witness to provide an opinion on whether or not defendant was criminally responsible.
Ramshaw just told the jury she believes Badakhshan is not criminally responsible for the murder.
Ramshaw has been qualified as an expert witness by the judge.
Dr. Ramshaw believes Badakhshan was suffering from a delusional disorder when he killed Petrache.
"It is my opinion that more likely than not (Badakhshan) was suffering from a mental disorder at the time," said Dr. Ramshaw.
"He was rendered unable to understand the wrongness of his behaviour."
The trial has resumed after a one-hour lunch break.
"His world was closing in on him all the way up to the offence," says Dr. Ramshaw.
Dr. Ramshaw's direct examination has resumed.
"This is not the first time he's been violent or threatening. There have been lots of other documented incidents."
Badakhshan suffers from the paranoia subset of delusional disorder, according to Dr. Ramshaw.
Dr. Ramshaw first met Badakhshan on Oct. 14, 2011 in the Toronto West Detention Centre.
"He laughs inappropriately when he's being assessed at times," says Dr. Ramshaw.
As part of his delusional disorder Badakhshan thought Petrache, his former girlfriend, was cheating on him.
Badakhshan broke up with Petrache several times, returning to her after a few days to get back together each time.
In days leading up to the fire on July 2, 2010, Badakhshan cut almost all contact with everyone he knew except for Petrache.
Dr. Lisa Ramshaw is now being cross-examined.
Dr. Ramshaw says the fact that Badakhshan's mother moved away from the family when he was young could have contributed to his anger issues.
"He had problems growing up, of course he's going to take that with him," says Dr. Ramshaw.
Badakhshan believed people were conspiring against him to get him into legal trouble prior to the fire in 2010.
"He's certifiable right now," says Dr. Ramshaw on Badakhshan's current mental state.
The trial continues with the cross examination of Dr. Angela Carter, a forensic neuropsychologist called by the Crown.
Carter is an expert in examining potential cases of malingering. This occurs when psychiatric patients exaggerate symptoms in order to gain a certain diagnosis.
Dr. Carter thinks that Badakhshan exaggerated his psychotic symptoms in order to plead not guilty of murder due to mental illness.
"The fit with the delusional disorder was less than I would like to see in a diagnosis," says Dr. Carter.
In her session with Badakhshan, Dr. Carter noted that he seemed to have an awareness of what he was saying and how that could influence his diagnosis.
"There were possible sane motives," says Dr. Carter on Badakhshan's killing of Petrache.
Dr. Carter thinks Badakhshan has a personality disorder, a far less severe illness than delusional disorder.
In her report on Badakhshan, Dr. Carter does not give an opinion on NCR.
Dr. Carter spoke with Badakhshan for about 75 minutes when doing her report.
The trial is now on it's lunch break and is expected to resume at 2:15.