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Not guilty verdict sparks debate on mental illness defence

ABC Radio News, Fri 12 Mar 1999

A 23-year-old Sydney man will be locked-up in a psychiatric institution for killing a Czech tourist with a tomahawk in 1997.

The New South Wales Supreme Court has found Rafael Gavranovic not guilty of the murder of 25-year-old Jiri Zoufal at Kings Cross because he was mentally ill with paranoid schizophrenia.

The court heard Gavranovic thought the holiday-maker was staring at him in Hyde Park and responsible for his threatening auditory hallucinations.

The case today attracted a small number of protestors from the Church of Scientology's Citizens Commission on Human Rights.

The commission's Lyn Dunnachie says the mental illness defence should be repealed and there is no place for psychiatrists in the legal system.

[Scientology in electronic media in Australia]