PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS MADE HIM ACT THE WAY HE DID, DEFENCE LAWYER CLAIMS
THE gun was effectively a toy and Laity had not taken it to the house, Victoria Ailes, defending, told the court. She said Laity had not been aware he was suffering from schizophrenia when he committed the offences. She said he was agitated and emotional and not thinking rationally. “He would not have done this if he had not been affected by mental conditions,” said Miss Ailes. She said Laity also suffered from manic depression and was receiving treatment, which included attending Alcoholics Anonymous. Miss Ailes told the court the house had been in both Mr Laity’s name and his wife’s, and that his children were living there. But Mrs Laity had changed the locks and refused to give him new keys, Miss Ailes said. She said the rocks Laity had in his car were for a rockery.