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by Randy Cassingham

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Murder for Hire
Kevin Presland, 45, was briefly in a psychiatric hospital in New South Wales, Australia, after he attempted to strangle a child during a several-day-long alcohol and marijuana binge. Hours after his release, Presland killed his brother’s fiance, but he was acquitted of murder charges after successfully arguing he was temporarily insane. Not surprisingly, a lawsuit was filed — not by the victim’s family against Presland, but by Presland against the hospital for letting him out. The NSW Supreme Court agreed and awarded Presland A$300,000 (US$199,000) in damages. (Sydney Morning Herald) ...Presland: temporarily insane. The NSW Supreme Court: ditto.
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