Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Man not guilty due to mental illness

A man who stabbed his wife to death has been found not guilty due to mental illness.

The 36-year-old man stabbed his 31-year-old wife in her Randwick unit in Sydney's east in November 2007.

The New South Wales Supreme Court heard he accused her of having an affair and days before exhibited disturbed behaviour, telling his wife he almost stabbed her friend.

After the stabbing the man fled with [his eight year old] child and was eventually found by police on the south coast of NSW.

Today Supreme Court Justice Peter Hidden ruled the man is not guilty of murder due to mental illness.

He ordered him to be detained in the hospital unit at Sydney's Long Bay prison until released by the due process of the law.

No comments: