As the solar rose over Sydney, IT worker David Reid bought up and stabbed his mother as she ate breakfast.
He then walked into his parents’ bed room and did the identical to his drowsing father.
However why the now-48-three hundred and sixty five days-old “passive” and “non-violent” programmer modified into homicidal within the Sutherland home is quiet but to be fully outlined, the NSW Supreme Court turn into told on Friday.
“The act turn into fully unpredictable, unanticipated, unforeseeable … and fully out of persona,” defence barrister James Glissan QC said.
Reid is being sentenced for manslaughter after prosecutors authorized he had a partial defence to homicide attributable to mighty impairment precipitated by an abnormality of the tips.
Medical examiners agree he has despair however can no longer agree on what completely different psychiatric prerequisites he has, and therefore what therapies he will need.
Mr Glissan, who acknowledged the crimes could per chance handiest be viewed as very serious and abominable, said Reid’s former colleagues had successfully described the applying developer as “passive, non-violent and no longer ever, in any manner, aggressive to someone”.
“That is fully supported by every person among the statements tendered by his household,” the barrister said.
“He’d by no manner exhibited any tendency to violence.”
Noting Reid had appeared truthful in interviews and shown a would favor to trace the occasions, forensic psychiatrist Stephen Allnutt said the motive for the time being appeared “inexplicable”.
“While he provides the motive, the motive looks to be no longer being jubilant with his parents and that being the cause within the abet of these issues,” he said.
“It be no longer the manner most folk would address that. They would correct circulate out of dwelling.”
Dr Allnutt said a constellation of signs pointed to underlying cognitive issues however the fundamental riding ingredient turn into unknown.
Despair had precipitated the “very shiny man” to private a nihilistic locate of his instances and his parents, who he remained dependent upon, the professional said.
“I gain the sensation there turn into a stress in that relationship,” Dr Allnutt said.
“His response to that looks to be distorted and that’s a mix of despair and a neurological cognitive philosophize.”
Within the eight years to the 2019 attack, Reid went from an extraordinarily fashionable worker to any individual drowsing at work, Mr Glissan said.
He’d additionally posted half a dozen times online about suicide and tried to steal his have lifestyles after killing his parents.
Quickly after killing his parents, he told police: “I believed I had a factual relationship with my parents, clearly I beget no longer.”
Reid later nominated one among his parents as his subsequent of relations – a definite indicator of his mental issues, Mr Glissan said.
The Crown authorized there turn into no factor of subterfuge in any of Reid’s discussions with triple-zero operators, police or health workers.
However Justice Peter Johnson turn into suggested to make certain any sentence accounts for Reid’s ongoing menace.
“If he has a partner or gets concerned with a end manner with completely different folk, who’s to tell this couldn’t happen again,” deputy senior crown prosecutor Price Hobart SC said.
“There turn into no planning whatsoever.
“He correct bought up within the morning and killed his parents. It be reasonably frightening.”
Justice Johnson said there turn into no dispute about the magnitude of the mental wisely being situation affecting Reid in August 2019.
Reid will probably be sentenced on Would possibly presumably per chance presumably 7.
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