Tuesday 20 February 2018

Man who killed grandad found not guilty but insane

Michael Gannon
Michael Gannon

Anne Sharkey

A 30-year-old man has been found not guilty of the murder of a grandfather by reason of insanity.

Dragos Nica had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the murder of Michael Gannon (pictured right) as he babysat his two grandchildren at Mourne Park, Skerries, Co Dublin on November 14, 2013.

The trial heard Mr Nica, who is originally from Romania, believed Mr Gannon's daughter Jade had poisoned him.

The jury heard Mr Nica, who has lived in Ireland for 19 years, claimed he woke on the morning with a numb finger and that his upper arm was "bubbling up".

The accused said: "I was freaking and panicking but I was going to take it out on the world."

That evening Mr Nica armed himself with a knife before going to Jade's house next door to his own. Mr Gannon was babysitting there and, when he opened the front door, Mr Nica stabbed him to death.

Prosecution counsel, Patrick Treacy SC said: "Nobody is in anyway trying to downplay (what happened). However, two psychiatrists agree with each other that at the time the stabbing of Mr Gannon took place, Mr Nica was suffering from an acute psychosis of schizophrenia."

The jury returned a unanimous verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt said Mr Nica was in need of in-patient care and committed him to the Central Mental Hospital to appear in court again on February 15 following examination by a medical officer.

Irish Independent

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