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Man charged in stabbing of Montreal priest sent for psychiatric evaluation

Last Updated Mar 25, 2019 at 4:14 pm EDT

Police cars surround the St. Joesph's Oratory in Montreal on Friday, March 22, 2019. A Catholic priest who was stabbed as he was celebrating mass at Montreal's St. Joseph's Oratory on Friday is expressing gratitude for the support he's received from the public. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

MONTREAL — A man charged with the attempted murder of a Montreal priest has been sent to a psychiatric hospital for evaluation.

The Crown and defence agreed that Vlad Cristian Eremia should go to Montreal’s Pinel Institute to assess his level of criminal responsibility.

Eremia met with a criminologist at the Montreal courthouse today, who made the recommendation.

WATCH: Priest stabbed at St.Joseph’s Oratory

Quebec court Judge Pierre Labelle ordered Eremia to remain at the hospital for 30 days, returning to court on April 26.

Eremia, who was arraigned over the weekend, also faces a charge of assault with a weapon

Rev. Claude Grou was released from hospital Friday night after suffering minor injuries in the attack.

The Canadian Press