Bradley Stevenson acquitted of stalking due to mental health after causing crash | Canberra Times

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A knife-wielding stalker caused an accumulation of four cars as he hit his victim in southern Canberra as she fled from him in terror. Bradley Robert Stevenson, 27, appeared in the ACT’s Supreme Court on Monday, charged with prosecution, possession of an offensive weapon and two counts of property damage. While the Calwell man pleaded guilty to the charges against him, he pleaded not guilty due to mental impairment in all charges. A summary of agreed facts shows that Stevenson strolled near the victim’s workplace in the Isabella Plains on August 25 last year and saw her as she planted a natural strip. He returned there the next day and approached the woman while holding a knife. The victim fled in his car, followed by Stevenson in his. When she had to stop at a red light, Stevenson hit his vehicle in the back of her and caused the congestion. MORE JUSTICE AND CRIME NEWS: Judge Michael Elkaim said the woman did not know what to do after the collision, so she “sat in the driver’s seat and screamed”. “One aspect that is not covered by the above summary is the details of how frightening the events must have been for the victim, the complainant,” Judge Elkaim said. “I have no doubt about both [August 25 last year] and the following day she would have experienced emotions ranging from worry to direct terror. “Ambulances instead attended and took the woman, who had scratches on her lower legs, for examination at the hospital after she reported having pain in her neck and chest Because Stevenson admitted that behavior, the central issue in the court on Monday was his defense of mental impairment.Judge Elkaim said he had received reports and letters on the subject from two psychiatrists, including Associate Professor John Kasinathan. significant impairment “at the appropriate time due to” poorly treated schizophrenia “. of a group, including the alleged victim, and he heard the voice of the victim and another voice ordering him to hurt him r, “s demanded the expert. The other psychiatrist diagnosed Stevenson with “a psychotic disorder.” Judge Elkaim said there was “no competing opinion” to those offered by the two experts, so he was pleased that Stevenson was weakened to the extent that the man was not criminally responsible for his actions. The judge therefore handed down innocent sentences due to mental disability in relation to each indictment. He ordered that Stevenson submit to the jurisdiction of the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal, which has the power to make decisions about his mental health care. Stevenson, who was already on bail, will remain subject to conditions while this takes place. Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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