Gunnedah teenager accused of 10-year-old murder awaits appointment with psychiatrist, documents reveal

An NSW teenager told her mother, “I’m thinking of killing people all the time,” and waited for a referral to a Sydney psychiatrist before she killed a 10-year-old girl, court documents reveal.

The 15-year-old, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was not found criminally responsible yesterday for dying on a property in Gunnedah in the northeastern state last July.

When the incumbent Supreme Court judge ruled that the defense of mental disorders had been established, a camera and interview material attached to the police body revealed the teen’s reaction after the incident.

“What do you think about it?” the detective asked him.

“I don’t feel anything about it,” he replied.

According to the agreed fact-finding, his mother agreed with the GP two weeks before the murder following a disturbing conversation.

“Mom, I want to tell you something, but I’m not sure how you react,” the girl said.

“Try me,” Mom replied.

The teenager said, “I think about killing people all the time.”

During a conference call a week before the incident, the GP noted that the girl had been playing “disturbing” video games for hours and mentioned seeing “eyes” and hearing a voice.

He had also talked about killing chickens on the property.

“It simply came to our notice then [the girl’s] mother that some [her] the behavior was normal in adolescence, but it was worrying, and [she] The Sydney doctor should evaluate, “the agreed facts say.

Police present in Gunnedah.
The teenager remains imprisoned.(ABC News: Caitlin Furlong)

The GP advised the mother to refer and she would receive a call, but there was no call at the time of the murder.

During a police interrogation, the girl was asked to see a doctor in Sydney.

“I think that’s silly,” he said.

“It’s unnecessary and a waste of money.”

Evidence from a psychiatric evaluator diagnosed the girl with schizophrenia, while a separate psychiatrist found that she had acute psychotic symptoms.

Dr Hazel Dalton of the Center for Rural and Telemedicine in Orange said the main factor hampering access to mental health support in rural areas was a lack of staff.

“Even for the population we serve, we are underweight in terms of manpower,” Dr. Dalton said.

He said the need for GPs to refer patients frequently to urban specialists increased the likelihood of the process being delayed.

“It just offers more opportunities for communication and things don’t work out.”

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists described the 2019 policy statement as “a serious shortage of counseling psychiatrists in rural and remote Australia”.

It claimed that there were only 3.4 psychiatry per 100,000 people in remote areas, compared to 15.1 in large cities.

Dr. Dalton said research organizations and advocacy groups realistically expected how much the situation could improve.

“I don’t think we’re all expecting psychiatry around the corner,” Dr. Dalton said.

“We expect to somehow close the access gap and get local support and expert support in any way we can.”

The teenager remains imprisoned.


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