Thursday, 10 May 2018

Ceisteanna (150)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire

Ceist:

150. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons that have been found not guilty of an offence by reason of insanity and have been discharged from the Central Mental Hospital in each of the past 12 months; and the offence or offences that person would have been charged with in each case. [20743/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

I can advise the Deputy that during the last 12 months up to the end of April, three patients were conditionally discharged from the Central Mental Hospital and two patients were unconditionally discharged, having been found not guilty of an offence by reason of insanity. Of the conditionally-discharged patients, one was discharged in May 2017, one in February 2018 and one in April 2018.  Of the unconditionally-discharged patients, one was discharged in June 2017 and one in November 2017. 

Some of the patients were charged with more than one offence and to preserve the confidentiality of patients, the offences have been listed together.  The offences included two homicides, possession of a firearm, three counts of false imprisonment, assault causing harm, two counts of robbery, one count of theft, assault and causing serious harm contrary to Section 4 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997. 

All of the patients were found “not guilty by reason of insanity” in line with Section 5 of the Criminal Law (Insanity) Act  2006, as amended.