"Lack of empathy for the suffering of victims, even an incapacity to empathise for whatever reason, does not constitute a defence".
Minassian has admitted to deliberately planning and carrying out the attack in 2018, when he drove a rental van along a busy Toronto sidewalk, hitting multiple pedestrians.
Betty Forsyth, Ji Hun Kim, So He Chung, Geraldine Brady, Chul Min Kang, Anne Marie Victoria D'Amico, Munir Najjar, Dorothy Marie Sewell, Andrea Bradden, and Beutis Renuka Amarasingha died in the attack.
We're also hearing from one of the victims who survived the attack on April 23.
She did not name the accused in her decision, referring to him as "John Doe" and said she hopes that he will no longer be named.
His defence team has argued the 28 year old man should not be held criminally responsible for his actions due to his autism spectrum disorder.
She said there are some circumstances where she could imagine that being the case, for instance if an autistic person accidentally injured somebody else while in the throes of a meltdown. Minassian's case is set to return to court on March 18 to discuss next steps for sentencing.
"The Supreme Court judge, how she explained everything and went through the process of why (she gave) her verdict..." "Violent traits have no connection to autism; in fact, people on the autism spectrum are far more likely to be victims as opposed to perpetrators of violence", the statement said. She kind of snuffed the autism portion of (the defence argument).
After a dramatic standoff at the scene Minassian was taken into custody
Molloy said that much hinged on whether the perpetrator knew the crime was morally wrong rather than legally wrong.
"It does not matter that he does not have remorse nor empathize with the victims", Molloy said.
Minassian claimed to police he was in contact with Elliot Rodger, a community college student who killed six people and wounded 13 in shooting and stabbing attacks in 2014 near the University of California, Santa Barbara, before apparently shooting himself to death. "This accused committed a horrific crime - one of the most devastating tragedies this city has ever endured - for the goal of achieving fame".
Molloy made a point to name and acknowledge the "true hereos" who displayed courage and compassion that day.
The question now, Brown said, is whether the prosecution will seek to "stack" parole ineligibilities, for example, so that 10 first-degree murder convictions render Minassian ineligible for parole for 250 years. She acknowledged the bravery of those who "without regard to their own safety" attempted to stop Minassian stop the van and shouted warnings to unsuspecting pedestrians.
"He then carried out that plan, killing 10 people and injuring another 16 people", reads a portion of the ruling.
Around 1:30 p.m. on a bright and warm April day, Minassian sat in the driver's seat at Yonge Street and Finch Avenue at a red light.