Tuesday 20 August 2019

Stepson is found not guilty of murder due to insanity

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Natasha Reid

A man has been found not guilty by reason of insanity of murdering his mother's partner two weeks after being sent home from A&E, where he'd gone because he felt he "had to kill" him.

An expert told his trial that a person with homicidal ideations would be "detainable under the Mental Health Act".

Adam Nolan, with an address at Burgh an Ri Walk, Balgaddy, Lucan, was charged with murdering Bryan Cassidy (52) on February 7, 2018 at the same address. Mr Nolan, who turned 21 this week, pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

His trial had heard that the hospital notes mentioned the then 19-year-old had a family history of mental illness. He was diagnosed with drug-induced psychosis, sent home and advised to seek treatment for drug misuse. He took that advice, but stabbed his stepfather to death a fortnight later.

The Central Criminal Court heard that the diagnosis given at Tallaght Hospital has since been excluded and replaced with one of schizophrenia, something for which he had a genetic vulnerability.

Ms Justice Eileen Creedon sent the jury out to deliberate yesterday afternoon. After 27 minutes they reached a unanimous verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity.

Justice Creedon committed Mr Nolan to the CMH until Thursday, for a physician's report to be made available.

:: We reported yesterday that it was stated in court that Adam Nolan's mother and her partner Bryan Cassidy took him to hospital after he made a statement saying he "had to kill" his stepfather. This should have said that the court was told that Mr Nolan's parents took him to hospital. We apologise for the error.

Irish Independent

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