Toronto senior on trial for murder says spirit told him in a dream to beat up 2 women


TORONTO — A Toronto senior who is on trial for murder is telling jurors that a spirit told him in a dream to beat up two fellow residents at a long-term care home, killing one and injuring another.

Peter Brooks, now 76, has pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder of 72-year-old Jocelyn Dickson and the attempted murder of 91-year-old Lourdes Missier.

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Crown prosecutors have told jurors that late one night in March 2013, Brooks used his cane to attack Dickson and Missier in their beds at the Wexford Residence in Toronto’s east end.

Brooks says Dickson and Missier were “annoying” and aggravated him constantly.

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On the night the two women were attacked, Brooks says he had a dream in which a spirit told him to “beat the crap” out of the women.

Brooks says he’s an “obedient old man” and did use his walking stick to beat up the women, but he says he didn’t think anything would really happen to them or himself.