Accused has ‘mental disorder’

A second forensic psychiatrist has told a jury a murder accused suffering from schizophrenia was “not capable of forming a specific intent”.

Accused has ‘mental disorder’

At the Central Criminal Court, Shane Smyth, aged 29, of McGuinness House, Evans Lane, Kilkenny, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Mairéad Moran, aged 26, on May 8, 2014, at the Market Cross Shopping Centre in Kilkenny City.

Colman Cody, defending, called consultant forensic psychiatrist Dr Paul O’Connell from the Central Mental Hospital to give evidence.

Dr O’Connell told the court he had the opportunity to read and consider a report by Dr Brenda Wright and he agreed with her conclusions.

When Dr O’Connell completed his first report in November 2014, Mr Smyth was “very psychotic” and he did not believe the accused was “fit at that time to stand trial”.

However, upon review on January 17, 2016, the witness found Mr Smyth to be “alert and attentive”.

Dr O’Connell told the court that Mr Smyth meets the definition of having a “mental disorder.”

Earlier, the court heard Ms Moran died after being stabbed multiple times and suffering an injury to her heart that would have caused “fairly rapid collapse”, a jury has heard.

The court heard a postmortem showed evidence of eight stab wounds and six incised wounds, to the head, left arm, chest, back, and right hand.

The trial continues.

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