A man arrested following an incident on Parliament Hill is being ordered to have a psychological exam after a raucous court appearance that saw him swear at a judge and demand his lawyer be fired.
Jesse Mooney, seeming angry and agitated, was in court via video link Tuesday related to four charges stemming from an alleged altercation on Sunday, the day before he was arrested on Parliament Hill.
Ottawa police say a man threw an unprovoked punch at another pedestrian on the weekend after an argument on a walking path in the city’s south end.
On Monday, parliamentary security officers detained Mooney during the Changing of the Guard ceremony on the Hill, where Canadian Armed Forces members perform an almost daily ceremony that has been a colourful summer tradition since 1959.
A video posted online showed several Mounties and parliamentary security officers pinning someone to the ground on the east lawn. Authorities say a small pocket knife was discovered nearby.