An Ottawa judge released a mentally ill man from custody Friday, saying he had languished in jail for five months because the healthcare system failed to find him a secure home.

Justice Peter Doody of the Ontario Court of Justice made the comments during Kevin Coleman’s sentencing.

“The health system failed Mr. Coleman,” said Doody. “That was wrong and we should do better.”

Last October, Coleman, 59, who has schizophrenia and cognitive deficiencies, pleaded guilty to three counts of performing an indecent act in public, one count of assault and a breach of bail conditions.

He had been living in a group home in Limoges, Ont., up until May 2017, when he was asked to leave due to behavioural issues.

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Laurie Fagan, CBC News
February 16, 2018

Health-care system failed Ottawa man, judge says – CBC – 2018-02-16