Wednesday, August 20, 2003


Britian is not the only country where justice has its head up its rear end -- as this story from Australia shows. “Blame anybody but the criminal” is however now a worldwide docrine of the Left:

HE killed his brother's fiancee hours after he was released from a psychiatric hospital – but Kevin Presland was yesterday judged a victim and will receive $300,000 compensation.

The family of 25-year-old Kelley-Anne Laws – whom Mr Presland stabbed to death – has reacted with shock and outrage. Her mother Christine said: "How crooked is our system."

The young woman's death occurred at the Jesmond home she shared with Mr Presland's brother Allan just six hours after he was released from Newcastle's John Fletcher Hospital on July 4, 1995.

Supreme Court Justice Peter Newman subsequently found him not guilty of the crime by reason of mental illness, having suffered an alcohol-induced hallucinosis at the time of the killing.

He spent only 2½ years in psychiatric custody before being released into the care of the Mental Health Review Tribunal in November 1997.

In what is believed to be a legal precedent – which could have implications for the Health Department and how the medical profession deals with mentally-ill patients – NSW Supreme Court Justice Michael Adams has found the Hunter Area Health Service and Dr Jacob Nazarian breached their duty of care.

He has foreshadowed he will award Mr Presland $225,000 in general damages and $80,000 for loss of earnings, as soon as counsel approves his calculations. "The killing of Ms Laws was an appalling tragedy that occurred at the hand of the plaintiff but only because of his deranged mind and only because he had been discharged from the hospital where, I have no doubt, he would have been content to remain had he been able to do so and where, at all events, he should have been required to remain," Justice Adams said.

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