LETHBRIDGE: According to the doctor treating the Fort Macleod man who was 17 when he killed his mother with an axe, his treatment is moving along as expected.
Back in September he was sentenced to four years in custody, followed by three years of supervision. During that time he's to receive extensive psychiatric treatment.
Today doctors gave the courts an update on the man's treatment, saying while he is having some social issues still he does seem to be improving.
There will be another report on his progress September 13th.
May 4th, 2009 the man's mother was found murdered and her son quickly became the primary suspect. Then, just a few months later on September 30th, he pleaded guilty, admitting to striking her in the head with an axe six times, before stabbing her repeatedly, and wrapping her body in a blanket and throwing her down the stairs.
Since that time the Crown had stated that they were looking for an adult sentence, however after two reports stating that the boy would benefit from an Intensive Rehabilitative Custody and Supervision sentence, they agreed.
The sentence does fall into the youth category, meaning the boy can not be named.
Following the sentencing, the mother's best friend Rachelle Fai commented on the sentence. She said that her friend loved her son more than anything, however she stated on numerous occasions that she knew her son was going to kill her. Still she would always take him back when he would go missing with friends for long stretches.
The boys aunt also spoke following the court appearance. She explained that his mother had been trying to get him help for a long time, but simply could not afford a program that would do enough for him. She went on to say that his mother loved him and would have given her life for him. She added that to that effect, she did because he will now get more help to deal with his problems then he ever would have been able to otherwise.