“Mental Impairment” Defence Abused

Frances Nelson QC and chairman of the South Australian Parole Board says that criminals are using the defence of mental impairment to escape harsh penalties from the courts.

“What is happening is that people who are temporarily psychotic because they have taken too many amphetamines or too much marijuana are being dealt with as though they have a genuine mental illness,” she said. “I don’t think that is right.”
South Australian Attorney-General Michael Atkinson said that he did not want mental impairment becoming the new “drunk’s defence.”

Hopefully this is the start of a move to get psycho babble out of the courts and out of the way of people being held responsible for their actions.

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