Thursday, November 27, 2008

Not Too Sick To Kill

The chap who murdered Austin Hemmings has been named.

His name in not important but what caught my eye was his occupation which is listed as 'sickness beneficiary.' (On RLW News, not in The Herald report.)

From what illness can one suffer which renders one too ill to work, yet leaves one able, with a knife, to attempt to murder one person and successfully kill another ?

Why did The Herald refrain from listing his occupation?

Adolf hopes someone is asking some hard questions of The Hon Paula Bennet's new department.

5 comments:

Inventory2 said...

Adolf asks "From what illness can one suffer which renders one too ill to work, yet leaves one able, with a knife, to attempt to murder one person and successfully kill another ?"

A mental illness, I would venture to suggest

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Yes, I agree and that's why I hope there is some investigation and publication of information.

If it was in fact a mental illness then we should be asking by what bureaucratic failure was a yet another violent killer left to roam our streets?

Who is the new minister responsible? Tony Ryall?

Anonymous said...

Memo to new Minister of health

Your employers hereby instrcut you to round up all the mentals and lock them up.

It is your most basic duty to protect the lives of the citizens

Fail to do so then Foxtrot Oscar

Your employer GD

Ruth said...

I'm not sure what govt closed Kingseat and other mental health instos under 'cost cutting' procedures.

I'm sure taxpayers would not mind paying the bill for keeping the dangerously mentally ill away from the community in a facility suited to their needs.

All this 'mainstreaming' and 'comunity based care' has often gone horribly wrong, despite good intentions.

Sus said...

Ruth, today I agree with you. The deliberate shutting down of the mental health system started with Helen Clark, by the way.

Tokanui served the Waikato. I'm told by relatives that it was in a quiet, peaceful rural area, much like the old Raventhorpe at Ramarama, (also shut down).

So, of course some bright spark shut it down, moving the "service" to Waikato Hospital, where recovering medical & surgical patients and new mothers are now exposed to the rantings of the mentally disturbed, which is not pleasant.

Love that state healthcare, eh.

Adolf, good points. You could be forgiven for suspecting we have the healthiest sickness beneficiaries in the world, the number of times that "occupation" pops up next to the name of a wrong-doer.