PSY­CHO­LOG­I­CAL PROB­LEMS MADE HIM ACT THE WAY HE DID, DEFENCE LAWYER CLAIMS

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

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.

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