Sexually frustrated Incel virgin who killed 10 in Toronto van rampage found GUILTY despite trying to blame his autism

THE Incel virgin who killed 10 people in Toronto with a van has been found guilty after trying to blame the rampage on his autism.

Alek Minassian, 28, deliberately mowed down pedestrians on a pavement in 2018 in a senseless attack which shocked the world.

The tech student, who identified himself as an 'intel' meaning 'involuntary celibate', was found guilty today of 10 counts of first degree murder.

He was also convicted of another 16 counts of attempted murder.

During his trial, his defence team argued he could not be held criminally responsible for the murders because he is on the autism spectrum.

Yet, Dr Scott Woodside, a psychiatrist testifying for the prosecution, said the attacker knew what he was doing was morally wrong, reports the Toronto Sun.


He said Minassian was able to push out negative thoughts about his victims much like paedophiles do when abusing minors.

Dr Woodside said: "In this case, his decision was not about reasoning, this was something he very much wanted to do, whether right or wrong."

Comparing the attacker to a sex offender, he said: "They work quite actively to put those thoughts out of their heads.

What is an Incel?

Involuntary celibacy, often shortened to incel, is a term used to describe a person who can't have sex despite wanting to, according to incels.

The term also extends to people who believe they have no possibility of finding a partner to get love, validation or acceptance from.

The community is predominately male and the forum suggests women have readily available access to sex as do gay men.

However, the movement was initially started by a Canadian woman known as Alana.

Some people who identify as incels blame attractive men and women for their perceived state – a belief that has lead to several mass killings in the US.

The group dub people who are able to have normal sexual relationships as "normies" and have divisions within their community as to when someone can be classified as an incel.

“They remain aware of what they’re doing is likely to have a negative impact on others.”

The killer's state of mind was the sole issue in the trial as Minassian admitted to planning and carrying out the deadly rampage.

His defence lawyers argued that his autism meant he lacked empathy and was unable to understand the damage he would cause.

The court heard how Minassian felt "blank" when driving and was "focused on trying to not crash the car" during the assault.


He changed his mind about the location of the attack when he saw "enough" people on one busy street corner in Toronto, the court was told.

The expert witness said Minassian hoped to kill 100 people and hoped for a “high score” but was happy with 10.

According to the killer's LinkedIn profile, he was a student at Seneca College and a software developer from Richmond Hill, a suburb of Toronto.

Joseph Pham, 25, who took a computer class with Minassian at Seneca, described him as “socially awkward.”

At the time of the attack, he said: “He kept to himself. He didn’t really talk to anyone."

Another classmate said he had a "significant social or mental disability" claiming he had several physical ticks including shaky hands and tapping his head.

Before the rampage, Minassian wrote a Facebook post praising the "Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger," CBC reports.

Rodger, 22, a revered figure on Incel online forums, was responsible for a deadly rampage in Isla Vista, California, that left six people dead and a dozen more injured in 2014.

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