Raymond Lloyd Cullen
Desmond Payne's family are outraged with the mental health system.
Criticism of the mental health system from police, following the verdict in the case of a man stabbed to death in a Geraldine hotel car park. A Timaru jury found Raymond Cullen not guilty of murdering Desmond Payne, by reason of insanity. Cullen stabbed Mr Payne 14 times in March last year, but his defence argued he was insane at the time. During the trial, the court heard Cullen was an undiagnosed paranoid schizophrenic. Our reporter in court for the verdict says there were tears in the public gallery, and shouts of "you murdering bastard". The police officer in charge of the inquiry says the mental health system needs to do more to protect innocent people. Detective Inspector Paul Kench says proactive steps are needed when it comes to diagnosing mental illness. He says it's wrong that an innocent man was killed for no reason. Cullen has been detained as a special patient under the Mental Health Act.
See story at the www.crime.co.nz site
Date of Birth
Stabbed a pensioner to death in Geraldine, South Canterbury in July 2001
Epitaph Riders in the 1970's, severed connections some years ago
Committed for an indefinite period as a special patient in May 2002
Thought to have to have since been considered for release?
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