Schiz­o­phrenic stabbed mother sev­eral times


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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.

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