ISIS terrorist mentally ill but knew right from wrong
A Scarborough woman convicted last week of four terrorism charges, including assaulting two people and leaving Canada to join ISIS in her native Syria, was schizophrenic and suffering from delusions before her crimes, a report stated.
A psychiatric assessment of Rehab Dughmosh, 34, which was filed as an exhibit at her sentencing hearing Monday, stated she “suffered from schizophrenia” and “exhibited prominent persecutory delusions and auditory hallucinations.”
She was paranoid, believing the Canadian government was spying upon her and Canadians were killing Muslims before she left Canada in April 2016 to join ISIS in Syria, stated Dr. Sumeeta Chatterjee, a forensic psychiatrist, in the 2018 report. Dughmosh was stopped in Turkey.
Dughmosh also swung a golf club and a butcher’s knife at two victims at a Canadian Tire store in Scarborough on June 3, 2017.
She was also convicted with carrying a weapon — a bow — for the benefit of ISIS.
“She was able to articulate an awareness of the moral wrongfulness (of her intent to join ISIS). She was generally aware of the legal and moral wrongfulness of travelling for the purpose of participating in terrorist activity,” wrote Dr. Chatterjee.
The woman showed she was aware she was breaking the law by “attempting to evade criminal persecution by denying” she wanted to travel to Syria to join ISIS, lying that she wanted to visit family, the report stated.
But the doctor wrote that as Dughmosh’s “psychosis intensified, her view of the world and associated understanding of right and wrong was increasingly distorted by the force of her symptoms.”