Scientology dad sought help for daughter before stabbings

ABC News, Australia/July 30, 2008

A Sydney judge has found a father's association with Scientology did not affect the treatment of his daughter's mental illness before she stabbed him and her sister to death.

The 26-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was charged with killing her father and sister in July last year and inflicting grievous bodily harm on her mother.

Justice Michael Grove today found her not guilty by reason of mental illness.

The court had previously been told the woman was denied treatment for schizophrenia because of her father's beliefs in Scientology.

But Justice Grove found the woman's father had sought psychiatric help for his daughter's psychotic condition, despite his apparent belief in Scientology which is reluctant to recognise the benefits of such treatment.

He has ordered the woman be kept under psychiatric care in hospital while the Mental Health Review Tribunal considers her case.

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