Killer without a conviction: Fight to change how mental illness is judged

Imagine dating someone who, unbeknownst to you, had served time in jail for murder, but nothing showed up on a criminal record check.

Take NSW man Scott Settree.

He was sentenced to 18 months in jail for possessing a firearm.

But he received no criminal conviction for shooting his mum and dad dead.

The court accepted he committed the crime but because of his mental illness, he was not found legally responsible for his actions, and therefore no conviction was recorded against his name.

He can, therefore, also seek permission to legally change his name.

Source: Killer without a conviction: Fight to change how mental illness is judged

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