Summary:

Paragraph three reads:  "David Riley, 49, of Chilsey Green Road, Chertsey, has been in custody since his arrest almost two-and-a-half years ago for stabbing Michael Roberts."

Paragraphs five through seven read:  "The court heard that Riley had been receiving treatment for depression for several months and had previously complained of suffering low moods and suicidal thoughts."

In February 2007, he drove his car into a police station and later said he was “hearing voices”.

He was given a course of anti-depressants the following month and was referred to a community mental health team in Chertsey.

Paragraph 21 reads:  "He went on to tell a doctor he had  'flipped'  and, although he had been suffering from depression, was not taking any medication. "

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http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/s/2062599_psychiatric_reports_for_man_who_stabbed_flatmate


Psychiatric reports for man who stabbed flatmate

December 14, 2009

A DEPRESSED builder who stabbed his flatmate more than 30 times has been remanded in custody for psychiatric and probation reports to be prepared after he was found not guilty of attempted murder by reason of insanity.

A jury at the Old Bailey was asked to reach the ‘special verdict’ on Monday on the directions of Judge Giles Forrester.

David Riley, 49, of Chilsey Green Road, Chertsey, has been in custody since his arrest almost two-and-a-half years ago for stabbing Michael Roberts.

Jurors were told that the attack on July 28, 2007 was “unprovoked and completely unwarranted”.

The court heard that Riley had been receiving treatment for depression for several months and had previously complained of suffering low moods and suicidal thoughts.

In February 2007, he drove his car into a police station and later said he was “hearing voices”.

He was given a course of anti-depressants the following month and was referred to a community mental health team in Chertsey.

“By May there was obviously serious concern for his mental well-being,” said prosecutor Simon Connolly.

Riley was seen by a psychiatric nurse and then referred to a doctor.

Punctured lung

He lived with four other men, including Mr Roberts, in a five-bedroom house in Chilsey Green Road.

The court heard Riley’s flatmates said he appeared to be “fine” on the night before the stabbing and was said to be exhibiting “normal behaviour and normal conversation”.

Describing the attack which left Mr Roberts needing emergency treatment for multiple stab wounds, a broken arm and a punctured lung, Mr Connolly said: “The victim was woken by what he initially thought was someone punching him in the neck area.

“He felt disorientated and couldn’t identify who his attacker was.

“He realised he was being hit with something rather than a hand.”

The court was told that Mr Roberts managed to push his attacker away and opened the bedroom door, enabling him to identify Riley in the light.

He shut him out of the room, but Riley burst back in.

Mr Connolly went on: “This was an unprovoked and completely unwarranted attack and there is no suggestion from any witness for an apparent motive.

“Even the victim said he had absolutely no idea why the defendant attacked him.”

Jurors heard that Mr Roberts managed to wake another flatmate and said “I think Dave Riley has done his nut” and “nutty Dave has stabbed me”.

"Deficiency of reason"

Riley was arrested later the same day in a branch of William Hill in Woking.

He went on to tell a doctor he had “flipped” and, although he had been suffering from depression, was not taking any medication.

“He said he had felt like hanging himself. He said the only reason he could have flipped was because he had a few drinks of Stella lager,” said Mr Connolly.

Riley has since been subject to a series of psychiatric assessments.

The prosecutor said: “At the time of the stabbing the defendant was suffering from such a deficiency of reason because of a disease of the mind that he did not know the nature or quality of the act he was doing.

“He wouldn’t be capable of forming the necessary intent for attempted murder.”

Riley had denied attempted murder and the jury formally found him not guilty of the charge by reason of insanity.

Judge Forrester said: “You have heard all that has happened. I shall have to decide what course to take when we next meet on February 5.”

Riley thanked both the judge and the jury before being escorted from the dock.