Judge allows ‘gaming consciousness’ evidence to be admitted in Vancouver double murder trial

A judge at a Vancouver double murder trial has ruled that a defence expert’s opinion that the accused may have been in a “gaming consciousness” at the time of the 2017 killings is admissable.

The ruling Thursday allowed the defence for Rocky Rambo Wei Nam Kam to close their case, with closing arguments expected to begin Tuesday.

Kam has admitted to killing Richard Jones, 68, and his wife Dianna Mah-Jones, 64, on Sept. 26, 2017, but has maintained his plea of not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder.

Defence has argued that Kam, who has previously described his obsession with video games, was suffering from a mental disorder at the time of the murders, and believed he was in one of his games.

Kam’s lawyers called clinical psychologist Dr. Edward Shen to the stand last week to back up their case by testifying to Kam’s mental state.

Shen’s testimony was given in voir dire — a trial within the trial to determine whether it will be admissible as evidence.

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