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Not guilty of murder by reason of mental illness

By IrishPete 23 August 2013 45

If you want an insight into why ACT courts are so slow, and also therefore expensive, have a read of this.

Mr Aranyi killed his mother, he was mentally ill at the time, but it takes the finest legal minds in the ACT 16 months to come to that conclusion.

The Judge’s torturous reasoning for his decision also seems to demonstrate some very poor law-making.

Apparently there is no room in the ACT’s criminal justice system for accepting the patently obvious, and quickly.

It also seems Mr Aranyi has been sitting in prison since his arrest, and may yet stay in prison for some time.

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IrishPete 9:38 am 29 Aug 13

When it becomes a point scoring exercise (like the ED waiting times forged data) everyone hunkers down in their trenches and nothing changes. A cross-party inquiry into mental health services would be a better option.

IP

bundah 9:16 am 29 Aug 13

IrishPete said :

Hopefully someone sues ACTMH over this. It’s the only way to get them to change.

I would’ve thought that this would be an opportunity for Jeremy Hanson to try and score some points?

IrishPete 12:09 am 29 Aug 13

bundah said :

@ IP

From R v Aranyi (No2) we have this which reveals how utterly negligent mental health were by not responding immediately to her pleas for help.

The next point to be noted is that Mr Aranyi had suffered from a severe mental illness over many years, probably from when he was aged 12 or 13 years. As it happened, by an application dated 22 February 2012, which was received by the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal on 29 February 2012, Mr Aranyi’s mother sought an order that Mr Aranyi’s mental health be assessed because she feared for her safety at his hands. Accordingly, on 23 March 2012 an order was made by the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal that Mr Aranyi attended the Woden Mental Health Service in Philip in the ACT on 2 April 2012 for an assessment of his mental health. Then, on 1 April 2012 Mr Aranyi’s mother hand delivered a letter dated 1 April 2012 written by her, again expressing her fear for her safety at the hands of her son, together with some pages of disjointed and rambling writings written by Mr Aranyi, to Dr Cynthia Wilson at the Woden Mental Health Service. It is the tragic fact that it was her desire that her son attend the appointment at the Woden Mental Health Service on 2 April 2012 for an assessment of his mental health which led to her death.

Ta. There are other details which the judge has not included, and which I therefore can’t really dislcose.

Hopefully someone sues ACTMH over this. It’s the only way to get them to change.

IP

bundah 7:20 pm 28 Aug 13

@ IP

From R v Aranyi (No2) we have this which reveals how utterly negligent mental health were by not responding immediately to her pleas for help.

The next point to be noted is that Mr Aranyi had suffered from a severe mental illness over many years, probably from when he was aged 12 or 13 years. As it happened, by an application dated 22 February 2012, which was received by the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal on 29 February 2012, Mr Aranyi’s mother sought an order that Mr Aranyi’s mental health be assessed because she feared for her safety at his hands. Accordingly, on 23 March 2012 an order was made by the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal that Mr Aranyi attended the Woden Mental Health Service in Philip in the ACT on 2 April 2012 for an assessment of his mental health. Then, on 1 April 2012 Mr Aranyi’s mother hand delivered a letter dated 1 April 2012 written by her, again expressing her fear for her safety at the hands of her son, together with some pages of disjointed and rambling writings written by Mr Aranyi, to Dr Cynthia Wilson at the Woden Mental Health Service. It is the tragic fact that it was her desire that her son attend the appointment at the Woden Mental Health Service on 2 April 2012 for an assessment of his mental health which led to her death.

bundah 2:28 pm 26 Aug 13

IrishPete said :

Fortunately people can’t be put in prison because they present a risk to the community. Unfortunately(?) they actually have to have done something illegal first

Which is precisely why it is imperative that those in power that are supposed to be representing the community need to be proactive and sort out mental health once and for all. No one wants to become a victim of someone who’s not in their right mind.

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