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A man accused of setting fire to a woman on a bus is not criminally liable: lawyer

TORONTO – The lawyer for a man accused of setting fire to a woman on a Toronto bus two years ago says his client is not criminally responsible for her death.

Tenzin Norbu pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Nyima Dolma.

One of his lawyers, Ilias Loui Dallas, told the court Tuesday that Norbu suffered from a serious mental illness at the time of the incident and was unaware of his inappropriate behavior.

Dolma (28) had no relationship with Norbu. As a result of the attack that took place on June 17, 2022, she suffered life-threatening injuries.

She died in hospital on July 5, 2022.

Norbu was initially charged with attempted murder, armed robbery, and other crimes, but the charge was changed to first-degree murder after Dolma’s death.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 11, 2024.

Canadian Press