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Mad hoax bomber found to be mad

By johnboy - 24 March 2009 40

The ABC brings news that Tamara Batterham, 35, from Holt, has been found not guilty of her string of bomb hoaxes (to Government House, Parliament House, Virgin Blue, the White House in Washington DC, and the Lodge).

    Batterham told police she had voices in her head and had given up fighting an imaginary man called George, who told her what to say.

    Today the ACT Supreme Court jury found her not guilty on the ground of mental impairment.

Chief Justice Higgins will hear submissions on a treatment order on Friday.

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Mad hoax bomber found to be mad
Jim Jones 11:06 am 24 Mar 09

sepi said :

It bothers me that we don’t have any facility to deal with mad people who commit crimes.

I noticed in Austria that the incest cellar man (Fritzl) was sentenced to life in a psychiatric prison. We have no such thing here.

I’m not saying this lady should be locked up, but I do think people who are judged to be crazy, yet dangerous criminals need to be locked up.

Arkham Asylum?

Seriously though – the shocking state of mental health service in Australia seems to keep swinging between two extremes: (a) haphazardly locking up people with mental illnesses (often with the general criminal population), and (b) throwing them out into the wider community with little or no support.

Whenever one strategy gets enough bad PR, the penduluum swings over to the other extreme. I think that there must be a more effective middle ground, in which people with mental illness get the proper support and treatment they need, and with society being spared the threats that untreated mental illness can sometimes bring.

It’s always going to be expensive, time consuming and a lot of policy (and community) work. But even ignoring the moral question surely it’s more expensive not to do something.

Also, we should have a ‘Asylum for the Criminally Insane’, because that would just be awesome.

sepi 10:57 am 24 Mar 09

It bothers me that we don’t have any facility to deal with mad people who commit crimes.

I noticed in Austria that the incest cellar man (Fritzl) was sentenced to life in a psychiatric prison. We have no such thing here.

I’m not saying this lady should be locked up, but I do think people who are judged to be crazy, yet dangerous criminals need to be locked up.

p1 10:32 am 24 Mar 09

Absolutely FJ. There is only so many times the same people can try to help before they start going nuts themselves. Even with the best funded programs in the world some people are going to be hard to help.

dexi 10:26 am 24 Mar 09

“Sometimes mental illness defies all the best intentions and interventions available, and wears down even the most talented workers…”

Then think how it must feel for the mentally ill.

Furry Jesus 9:59 am 24 Mar 09

p1 said :

…will depend on what our half-arsed, underfunded and cobbled together mental health facilities can cope with.

I think the ACT mental health services have been struggling to cope with the challenges of supporting this woman for many years now. Sometimes mental illness defies all the best intentions and interventions available, and wears down even the most talented workers…

Inappropriate 9:50 am 24 Mar 09

jakez said :

THIS IS AN OUTRAGE OUR JUDICIAL SYSTEM HAS FAILED US AGAIN BLOODY HIGGINS BLOODY CORBELL BLOODY GOVERNMENT THEY SHOULD LOCK HIGGINS UP (INSERT REFERENCE TO HIGGINS PERSONAL LIFE) THIS WOMAN SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN THE CHAIR IN FACT EVERYONE COMMITTED OF A CRIME SHOULD GET THE CHAIR…

There we go, that should give some posters the day off.

Where are the childish spelling mistakes and chat speak?? Can’t be a nutter without those.

p1 9:38 am 24 Mar 09

…will depend on what our half-arsed, underfunded and cobbled together mental health facilities can cope with.

And due to it being half-arsed, underfunded and cobbled together, it can’t cope with much unfortunately.

Clown Killer 9:36 am 24 Mar 09

The courts should be able to deal with people who are genuinely a few cans short of a six-pack in a compassionate way that doesn’t lose sight of the need to provide protections for the wider community. It would seem, on face value that this person is a genuine nut bag and as such a sensible decision has been reached. What options, other than incarceration, are available to manage this persons illness will depend on what our half-arsed, underfunded and cobbled together mental health facilities can cope with.

p1 9:23 am 24 Mar 09

No mention of Warhammer at all.

It does sound to me like she was genuinely nuts.

Jim Jones 9:18 am 24 Mar 09

jakez said :

THIS IS AN OUTRAGE OUR JUDICIAL SYSTEM HAS FAILED US AGAIN BLOODY HIGGINS BLOODY CORBELL BLOODY GOVERNMENT THEY SHOULD LOCK HIGGINS UP (INSERT REFERENCE TO HIGGINS PERSONAL LIFE) THIS WOMAN SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN THE CHAIR IN FACT EVERYONE COMMITTED OF A CRIME SHOULD GET THE CHAIR…

There we go, that should give some posters the day off.

You also forgot to call everybody who disagrees with you a ‘bleeding heart’. Also needs about 4-5 references to how this stuff only happens because of the whole PC thing.

justbands 9:14 am 24 Mar 09

> There we go, that should give some posters the day off.

Nah..spelling was too good & there’s no text speak. 🙂

jakez 9:08 am 24 Mar 09

THIS IS AN OUTRAGE OUR JUDICIAL SYSTEM HAS FAILED US AGAIN BLOODY HIGGINS BLOODY CORBELL BLOODY GOVERNMENT THEY SHOULD LOCK HIGGINS UP (INSERT REFERENCE TO HIGGINS PERSONAL LIFE) THIS WOMAN SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN THE CHAIR IN FACT EVERYONE COMMITTED OF A CRIME SHOULD GET THE CHAIR…

There we go, that should give some posters the day off.

neanderthalsis 9:05 am 24 Mar 09

I hope the imaginary voice wasn’t George III, he was as mad as a cut snake…

weeziepops 9:05 am 24 Mar 09

I know it is a nuisance and leads to work for others, but I must confess I used to quite enjoy a good hoax leading to evacuation of the building. Nothing better than seeing some jumped up power bunny donning his special hard-hat and issuing directions over the PA system. Favourite quote for me was when an alarm was raised about a “suspicious odour”. When the danger had passed, the House Warden gravely took charge of the PA system to advise us of what to do “if you DO smell a smell.” Favourite experience involved a senior manager being caught in the midst of a “sitting” in the men’s lav and refusing to hurry up – apparently the House Warden has no authority in such situations.

justbands 9:01 am 24 Mar 09

Tamara was a couple of years below me at school (her sister was in my year). She was always a little strange. I hope treatment works for her.

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