Sunday 19 November 2017

Paranoid schizophrenic who stabbed granddad to death is committed to mental hospital

Patrick Gannon. Photo: Maxwell Photography Limited
Patrick Gannon. Photo: Maxwell Photography Limited

A man found not guilty by reason of insanity of the murder of a 55-year old Dublin granddad has been committed to the Central Mental Hospital.

Dragos Nica (30), of Mourne Park, Skerries, had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the murder of Michael Gannon at Mourne Park, Skerries, on November 14, 2013.

The jury was told previously that on the evening of the attack, Mr Gannon was babysitting his daughter Jade's two young children and a neighbour's child at Jade's house in Mourne Park, next door to Nica's house.


The Central Criminal Court heard that Nica knew Jade Gannon before the killing.

Mr Gannon was making dinner when one of the children told him a man was looking in the window of the living room.

Mr Gannon opened the door and was stabbed to death by Nica, the jury heard. The court was told that the accused believed he had been deliberately poisoned by Jade Gannon.

Taking the stand yesterday, Dr Sally Linehan told counsel for the State, Patrick Treacy, that Nica suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.

Dr Linehan described Nica as "polite" throughout interviews she had carried out with him since he was found not guilty by reason of insanity on February 3.

She said Nica denied feeling depressed and that he continued to express abnormal beliefs.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt said he was satisfied that Nica needs treatment.

"Mr Nica needs to be medicated in a supervised way as opposed to by himself," he said.

"The verdict was the only verdict available. I'm satisfied that Mr Nica is suffering from a mental disorder and that the only way he can be treated is in a designated centre.

"I will make an order committing him to the Central Mental Hospital.

Mr Gannon's brother, Patrick, said he would have done anything for anyone.

"He was a hard worker. He was a cracker of a father and a cracker of a brother," he said.

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