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Secure unit for mentally ill man who killed father

A man who stabbed his own father 19 times amid paranoid, persecutory delusions has been handed an indeterminate five-year jail term.

Jailing Michael Philip McGleenon (37), Mr Justice Hart said while there was some confusion as to the specific diagnosis, it was clear that he was suffering from a severe abnormality of mind when he killed his father Michael Joseph McGleenon in his Lurgan home on November 12, 2009.

He told McGleenon he will only be released if it is considered appropriate to do so by the Parole Commissioners board, which would depend on the success of the treatment he will receive. His term will be served in the secure unit at the State Hospital, Carstairs in Scotland.

McGleenon had been released from the psychiatric unit at Craigavon Hospital only three days before the fatal stabbing and the judge said the killing may not have happened if he had been taking his anti-psychotic medication.

Mr Justice Hart also lambasted legislators for not making arrangements for remand prisoners in Northern Ireland to be transferred to institutions such as Carstairs for appropriate and necessary treatment.

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