Press Release – Sensible Sentencing Trust
“Justice Gendall is naive to suggest that Aleni would be detained in a secure therapeutic environment for any length of time” Mr Moyle said, “Alenis’ psychiatrists will have other ideas.“Justice Gendall is naive to suggest that Aleni would be detained in a secure therapeutic environment for any length of time” Mr Moyle said, “Alenis’ psychiatrists will have other ideas.
Naivety Around Insanity Verdict
Balclutha man Timothy Too Aleni was found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity in the High Court in Dunedin this week for the murder of his wife, Lusi Aleni-Faamoe Ioane. This follows the detention of a Hastings man to psychiatric care having been found unfit to plea for the brutal murder of Douglas Apperley and the Wanganui “sex slave” case where the offender has also been found unfit to plea due to mild dementia.
“Contrary to what the psychiatric profession may claim, there has been an alarming increase in the numbers of offenders escaping conviction due to mental illness” says Graeme Moyle, brother of Colin Moyle whose murderer, Matthew Ahlquist was found Not Guilty By Reason Of Insanity in 2007. “The fact that these offenders carry no conviction for their crimes is of real concern. A recent study has indicated that 8.7% of all homicides in New Zealand are committed by persons with serious mental illness. Ministry of Justice figure recently obtained also show a disturbing increase in the numbers of offenders being found Not Guilty By Reason Of Insanity.”
“We, as a nation, should be very concerned; the pre-occupation of community based care for the serious mentally ill is putting both the patient and the public at risk. A large proportion of these deaths would have been avoided had psychiatrists taken their patients seriously and listened to the concerns of their families and friends” Mr Moyle says.
“Psychiatry’s objective is to get these patients well as soon as possible, their methods to achieve this however are to get them back into the community as soon as possible.”
“Justice Gendall is naive to suggest that Aleni would be detained in a secure therapeutic environment for any length of time” Mr Moyle said, “Alenis’ psychiatrists will have other ideas. Ahlquist was granted unescorted leave from the Mason Clinic 3 years after murdering Colin as part of his ‘therapy’. This means he can spend up to six nights a week living in the community ….. unsupervised, proof, in my opinion, that the psychiatric profession put their patients welfare before the safety and welfare of the public.”
“As there is no definitive sentence in these cases, the grief and anguish of the Aleni family will be exacerbated by the fact that they will not know when Mr Aleni will be allowed out”