A homeless man’s hallucinations about killing infants have been first recorded 17 years earlier than he threw his nine-month-old daughter into the Tweed River, a decide has been advised.
Medical information element hallucinations together with voices telling him to kidnap and drown a child, a random man consuming a child, and the daddy turning into distressed, in 2008, considering he had murdered a toddler.
The 49-year-old man has pleaded not responsible within the New South Wales supreme court docket to murdering his daughter, whose physique was discovered on the seashore at Surfers Paradise in November 2018.
The difficulty at trial issues his psychological state, because the defence accepts he dedicated the act that brought about his daughter’s demise. The daddy carried his child by means of torrential rain and threw her into the river as his accomplice and younger son sheltered within the Tweed Mall automotive park.
Currents and tides carried the toddler’s physique 20 kilometres north to the Gold Coast seashore the place she was discovered by a youngster attending schoolies.
Giving proof on Tuesday, forensic psychiatrist Prof David Greenberg mentioned he believed the person was affected by continual schizophrenia and didn’t know his act was morally improper. On the time he was labouring underneath a defect of causes brought on by a illness of the thoughts, the psychiatrist mentioned.
Greenberg mentioned the child’s demise was a “preventable tragedy”. Psychological well being staff tried “relentlessly” through the years to maintain observe of the person however he stored shifting as a part of his itinerant life-style.
The daddy later mentioned he had “sacrificed” his daughter as her upcoming first birthday “would have meant the tip of the world”. Greenberg thought-about voluminous materials together with medical information associated to at the least 35 hospital admissions, many referring to his delusional beliefs in relation to infants.
Notes on a 2001 admission recorded auditory hallucinations and delusions telling him to kill a child, whereas in 2008 he reported voices taunting him saying he was going to have his personal unborn child killed.
Notes of one other admission mentioned he claimed he was Jesus, that he was on a mission to avoid wasting the world and he believed Britney Spears was his girlfriend.
The psychiatrist was requested concerning the distinction within the father making an attempt to provide his daughter away hours earlier than he threw her within the river when he mentioned it was essential to sacrifice her to avoid wasting humanity.
Greenberg famous his continual schizophrenia concerned hallucinations, delusions and thought dysfunction that have been exacerbated by his abuse of hashish and alcohol. This might have reached one other stage a number of hours after the try to provide her away when he felt justified in his actions as he believed she was corrupt and evil.
Each the daddy and his mentally ailing accomplice shared delusional beliefs about their daughter, the knowledgeable mentioned on Tuesday.
As a result of their homelessness and itinerancy, they’d dropped off the radar of the psychological well being system, regardless of staff “relentlessly” making an attempt to maintain a observe of them and supply assist, the court docket heard.
Justice Helen Wilson, who heard the trial with out a jury, will ship her verdict and causes on Wednesday.