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Alberta Court of Appeal restores privileges for Calgary mass murder Matthew de Grood

The Alberta Court of Appeal has restored some privileges for a mentally ill man who fatally stabbed five young people at a house party seven years ago.

A provincial mental health review board ruled last September that Matthew de Grood was making progress as a patient at Alberta Hospital Edmonton, but he would not be allowed to go to a group home.

The Appeal Court says the hospital decision was not reasonable, since de Grood’s schizophrenia has been in remission since 2015 and he has had no troubling behaviour.

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The move clears the way for de Grood to have overnight passes in Edmonton for up to a week for the purpose of transitioning to a group home.

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De Grood was found not criminally responsible for killing Zackariah Rathwell, Jordan Segura, Kaitlin Perras, Josh Hunter and Lawrence Hong on April 15, 2014.

A judge ruled that he was delusional at the time and did not understand his actions were wrong.

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