A schizophrenic father who slit the throat of his three-year-old son and dumped his body down a mine shaft in outback Australia could soon be freed on day release.
According to dailymail.co.uk :
Aliya Zilic was ordered to be detained indefinitely in an Adelaide mental health facility in 2010 over the 2008 killing of his son Imran.
He was found not guilty of murder because of mental incompetence and could now be allowed to go on 24 excursions under the supervision of two corrections officers.
On Monday, the Supreme Court was told doctors treating Zilic wanted him to have the opportunity to show that he could return to the community.
A new supervision order proposed up to 24 outings with two guards and then another 24 with one staff.
But Justice David Lovell said he wanted more details from the supervising psychiatrist on the nature and frequency of the outings.
He also wanted information on what structures would be put in place to deal with any potential breach of the release conditions.
The case will return to court on July 31.
Zilic was detained in 2010 after Justice Margaret Nyland ruled that he was suffering mental impairment at the time he cut his son’s throat.
The Supreme Court previously heard he had taken the boy from Perth and had embarked on a ‘bizarre odyssey’ through Australia’s outback.
Zilic’s psychosis ‘obliterated any sense of what he had done and what he was doing’, his lawyer Bronwen Waldron said.
During the trial, prosecutors claimed Zilic was a drug addict who believed his ex-wife was ‘working for the devil’ and ‘possessed by demons’, The Advertiser reported.
Zilic told police his son was in the hands of God, the court heard.
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