Schizophrenic stabbed mother several times
MAN COMMITTED TO MENTAL HOSPITAL
A WICKLOW man who was found not guilty by reason of insanity of stabbing his mother several times has been committed to the Central Mental Hospital.
Daryl Sweeney (26), 243 Charlesland Park, Greystones had been charged with assaulting his mother, Susan Sweeney, causing her harm, assaulting his mother causing her serious harm and production of a knife in the course of the assault at their home in Charlesland Park on September 8, 2008.
A jury of six men and six women found him not guilty by reason of insanity last week after hearing evidence from psychiatrist Professor Patricia Casey.
Professor Casey said it was her opinion that Daryl Sweeney is suffering from a 'full blown schizophrenic illness' and ' his behaviour meets the criteria for insanity under Section Five of the Insanity Act in that he was suffering from persecutory delusions and didn't know what he was doing was wrong'.
She said Daryl was treated in 2003 for a psychotic illness where he had lost contact with reality believing the house to be bugged.
She said in August 2008 he began to think his family were trying to harm him.
At the time of the stabbing in September 2008 his state of mind was 'extremely disturbed'.
Professor Casey said he had been hearing two voices and these auditory hallucinations are typical of a schizophrenic. He was also suffering from persecutory delusions and showed catatonic traits. She said he had received electro convulsive treatment, which was a rare treatment, when admitted to hospital after the stabbing as he was 'extremely, extremely ill'.
The court heard Daryl Sweeney was an in patient in the Central Mental Hospital since 2008.
The court also heard that Susan Sweeney, Daryl Sweeney’s mother, received five stab wounds to her chest area and needed six units of blood as she had 'a very dramatic blood loss' after the stabbing.
Consultant cardo thoracic surgeon, Michael Tolan, who performed emergency surgery on Ms. Sweeney to repair a laceration to her miacardium which he said, ' would surely have caused her death if left open'.
Last Wednesday Dr. Damien Mohan with the Central Mental Hospital said he had examined Daryl Sweeney since the verdict and is ‘satisfied he is suffering from a mental disorder under the Mental Health Act 2001 and is in need of in patient treatment.’
He said there is a bed available for him.
Dr. Mohan said when Daryl Sweeney was admitted to the Central Mental Hospital in 2008 he ‘was extremely unwell. When first admitted he was probably one of the most unwell people I’ve ever seen in my ten years.’
He said Sweeney is a paranoid schizophrenic and is responding to treatment.
He said that subject to the Criminal Law Insanity Act Sweeney’s health will be reviewed every six months by a tribunal led by Mr. Justice Brian McCracken to determine when he will be able to reintegrate with society.