Twain Testifies Against Accused Stalker

November 17, 2011 by staff 

Twain Testifies Against Accused Stalker, A psychiatrist who diagnosed a former Ottawa doctor as likely suffering from mental illness — but still found he could be held criminally responsible for stalking Canadian country singer Shania Twain — is expected take the stand Tuesday.

Dr. Helen Ward, from the Royal Ottawa Hospital, was asked last month to testify in a Toronto courtroom about her recent court-mandated psychiatric assessment of Giovanni (John) Palumbo, 51.

Last month, a judge denied bail to Palumbo until Ward could be questioned about whether she believed he was mentally fit.

In her report, which was referenced in court during the sentencing hearing, Ward determined that Palumbo was aware of his actions but may suffer from a bi-polar disorder combined with a narcissistic disorder.

Palumbo has been in police custody since his arrest on March 27 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. He was spotted in the crowd wearing a Shania Twain T-shirt and clutching a book about the songwriter at the Juno Awards, where she was being honoured.

He had been prohibited from going to Toronto and being within 500 yards of the songstress.

On Sept. 30, the former surgeon pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a court order and criminal harassment following a day-and-half of live video testimony from Twain, who told the court Palumbo made her fear for her and her family’s safety.

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