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Man acquitted of attempted murder of estranged wife

A 40-YEAR-old man has been acquitted of the attempted murder of his estranged wife two years ago after a jury found him not guilty by reason of insanity.

Alexander Gano, with a last address at Connaught Street in Dublin 7, had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to the attempted murder of Monica Ganova at North Circular Road, Dublin 7 on July 12, 2010.

Mr Gano, who is originally from Slovakia and had previously worked as a builder, had also pleaded not guilty to intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Monica Ganova at the same place on the same date.

The jury of six men and six women returned a unanimous verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity on both counts following the day-long trial.

Mr Justice Paul Carney thanked the jury for their careful attention before excusing them from further service for a period of 10 years.

Mr Gano has been committed to the Central Mental Hospital, where he was being detained previously, for assessment of whether he is in need of further care.

The court heard Gano, who was suffering from Schizophrenia at the time, stabbed his estranged wife, with whom he had eight children.

Consultant psychiatrist Dr Brenda Wright told the court she was satisfied Mr Gano had a mental disorder at the time of the offence.

She told Ms Isobel Kennedy SC defending his schizophrenia affected his thinking and judgement and that he did not know that what he was doing was wrong.

Mr Gano believed his wife, as well as a local kebab shop, were trying to poison him, the court heard.

He also said his wife was a threat to Slovakia and that he was going to kill her and then kill himself.

He attacked his wife with a knife and she had to be treated for a deep laceration to her neck at the Mater Hospital but she has since recovered.

The case is back before the court on July 9 next for the purposes of a report following his examination.