Bandura granted discharge
The man who violently beat a Kamloops Roman Catholic bishop last fall while in the throes of a psychotic episode has been discharged from the Lower Mainland psychiatric hospital where he's been held since his arrest.
John Lorne Bandura was found not criminally responsible by way of a mental disorder in February for the October 2010 beating of Bishop David Monroe at the Sacred Heard Cathedral in downtown Kamloops.
Bandura beat Monroe with a microwave door.
Following the attack, court heard Bandura, who has been diagnosed bipolar, was suffering from religious delusions prior to the incident.
In April, the B.C. Review Board granted the 31-year-old unescorted leaves of up to four weeks.
Following a hearing on Monday (Nov. 7), he was granted a discharge — but with a number of strict conditions.
According to the board's decision, Bandura will remain "subject to the general direction and supervision" of Adult Forensic Psychiatric Services, and will have to reside somewhere approved of by doctors.
He will also continue to undergo assessments and counselling, and will have to return to hospital if required to do so by doctors.
Bandura is also banned from possessing firearms or explosives, and is not allowed to drink or use drugs not prescribed to him by a doctor.
The decision also states Bandura will have to undergo urinalysis testing.
It is unknown if Bandura plans to return to Kamloops.