Courtroom orders lawyer to help man charged with defacing Saskatoon church buildings, satisfaction mural

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Court orders lawyer to assist man charged with defacing Saskatoon churches, pride mural

A Saskatoon man charged with defacing churches and a local pride mural is staying in jail for at least another week.

Amir Bozorgmehr appeared in provincial court Friday for his bail hearing, but it didn’t go ahead.

Instead, Judge Robert Jackson ordered that the court appoint him a lawyer. Bozorgmehr had been representing himself.

A psychiatric assessment was also filed with the court.

Bozorgmehr is facing eight mischief charges laid in May.

It all began in April when a pride mural on a sidewalk at the University of Saskatchewan was defaced with a painted homophobic slur.

Churches were later targeted, including Grosvenor Park United Church, McClure United Church and St. Andrew’s College at the University of Saskatchewan.

Bozorgmehr is scheduled to return to court July 17.