Thursday, November 01, 2007

Mentally ill woman acquitted of son's murder

Woman acquitted of son's murder - National -

It is good to see that the judge in this case has considered the facts placed before her by taking into account the mental illness of the woman who had killed her 6 year old son. It is sad to think that she wanted to commit suicide, probably as a result of post natal depression, and that her religious beliefs led her to believe that she would have peace in the next life.

This is a case where there seems to be a family history of mental illness because the woman's mother had committed suicide the previous year. With this kind of background, the woman did not have the mental capacity to understand the nature of her actions.

She is free to leave the court but she must continue receiving psychiatric care, and perhaps in time she will recover from her psychosis.

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