Prosecutors have conceded that Cy Walsh was mentally ill at the time of the murder of his father, Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh, mid last year.
Walsh was arrested on murder charges after his father’s body was found at their Somerton Park home in the early hours of July 3, 2015. Walsh allegedly also attacked his mother Meredith, who was taken to hospital for a leg injury.
In Supreme Court today, prosecutors told Justice Anne Bampton they would accept that Walsh was affected by mental issues when the incident occurred.
“I can indicate that the Director (of Public Prosecutions) will concede that Walsh was mentally incompetent at the time of the offence.
I understand there will be a similar concession down the track, in relation to the objective elements.”
Prosecutors have accepted a not guilty plea from Cy Walsh, who is charged with the murder of his father. #9News pic.twitter.com/vp0jZRXzSM
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Walsh was present via video link from psychiatric facility James Nash House, and reportedly showed no reaction to the announcement.
This news means that the 26-year-old will not stand trial for the crime. Instead, legal counsel will agree that Walsh cannot be found guilty on reason of mental incompetence.
Source: The Advertiser.
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