Noyes to remain in forensic psychiatric hospital

Kimberly Noyes, the woman found not criminally responsible in the murder of 12-year-old autistic boy John Fulton, will remain in a forensic psychiatric hospital for another year.

Kimberly Noyes (right)

The woman found not criminally responsible in the murder of 12-year-old autistic boy John Fulton will remain in a forensic psychiatric hospital for another year.

Through her counsel, Kimberly Noyes requested and consented to have her stay at the forensic psychiatric hospital in Port Coquitlam, B.C. extended and annual hearing postponed by another 12 months on Sept. 12, a spokesperson with the British Columbia Review Board (BCRB) explained.

The counsel for the Attorney General consented to the extension the following day (Sept. 13) and this past Monday, it was announced that Noyes’ disposition of custody would be extended for 12 months or until Sept. 28, 2012 under Section 672.81 (1.1) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

The section of the criminal code states that the presumptive time for BCRB hearings is 12 months but may be extended to a maximum of 24 months if both the accused and the Attorney General agree to the extension.

While there were reports last year that Noyes was granted escorted leave from the hospital, the BCRB says that she has remained in detention at the hospital and has not had any escorted access to the community.

Fulton went missing in Grand Forks in August 2009 and his body was later recovered in Noyes’ home – she had apparently stabbed him to death.

Noyes, who suffers from bipolar affective disorder, was found not guilty in Fulton’s murder due to her mental illness by a judge in July of 2010.