SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23: Crows coach Phil Walsh looks dejected after losing the round eight AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Adelaide Crows at Spotless Stadium on May 23, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Cy Walsh found not guilty of murder

Cy Walsh has been found not guilty of murdering his father and former Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh by reason of mental incompetence.

Cy pleaded not guilty to the murder of his father with Justice Ann Bampton formally making the ruling on Wednesday that the 27-year-old was not guilty of murder due to his mental state at the time.

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“I find he was suffering from a psychotic episode as a result of schizophrenia, which at the time of the conduct was undiagnosed,” Justice Bampton said.

What it means is that the court was satisfied that Cy killed his father, however, also concluded that he is not criminally responsible for the crime due to his mental incompetence.

As a result, he will not face jail time, but instead will spend the remainder of his life under what is called a limiting term.

A limiting term is a court imposed period under mental health supervision that is equivalent to the jail term that a mentally well person would have received.

However, there is still a possibility that he may be released later in life if it is deemed acceptable by a doctor. If that occurs he would be released under supervision with continued treatment.

A statement prepared by Phil’s wife, and Cy’s mother, Meredith, was read to the court following the decision.

“My heart remains broken. My daughter is also shattered,” she said.

“We now all live the devastating consequences of a mental illness that was not understood.

“I will continue to love and support my son as his father has always done.”


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  1. Members of Australia’s judicial system should hang their heads in shame … no wonder our crime rates are so high, the criminals know they will get away with it before they even do the crime … LETS see what happens when one of our judicial team members own family is effected by a crime … shame shame shame

    • I’m sorry but that’s the biggest load of bullshit I’ve ever heard. He’s not mental, he’s on drugs! That should not be deemed as mental incompetence, it’s self inflicted! He murdered someone, that’s a crime and he shouldn’t be penalised any differently to those who have done the same thing and served time. What an absolute joke! 😡😡😡😡

  2. Have a go at all the legal and mental health experts on here! He probably has less chance of getting out of a mental institution than if he was sentenced to a prison term. Idiots!

  3. Fucking pathetic! Taking drugs does not make you ‘mentally incapable’ HE MADE THE DECISION TO TAKE DRUGS! HE PICKED UP THE KNIFE! HE MURDERED HIM IN COLD BLOOD! how the fuck is that NOT GUILTY?????? That judge needs a flogging, absolutely pathetic outcome!!

  4. This is a disgrace
    A pillar of the football world, general great guy and citizen gets no justice because his son was a ice head and inturn he is the victem. What a joke
    Feel aorry for the family must be terrible what they are going threw

  5. If the reason is mental incompetence then he should still spend the rest of his life in a secured mental health facility where he’s can’t cause any more damage to people’s lives

  6. The criminal justice system in this country is clearly broken. You can smoke all the ice you want, murder a family member in cold blood and get off on ‘insanity’.

  7. It’s a terribly sad situation for all the family, and if mother and sister can love and support Cy through his hopeful mental recovery then who are we to judge. He hasn’t got off, he will live in a mental institution indefinitely & also has to learn to live with the knowledge of what he did. 😓😓😓

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