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Man stabbing two police officers in front of a gas station was found not guilty for a mental illness

Telepathic violin wonder, 26, who stabbed two police officers in front of a gas station while high on cocaine, is NOT found guilty

  • Oliver Scales-Copeland stabbed two police officers who he believed wanted to kill him
  • A judge found that he suffered from paranoid delusions during the 2019 attack
  • The man was found not guilty for a mental illness, but was detained

An NSW child prodigy who thought he was telepathic has not been found guilty of stabbing two police officers for a mental illness.

Tim Gartelmann, a judge in Newcastle’s court, accepted psychiatric evidence Friday that Oliver Scales-Copeland was suffering from disorganized thinking and paranoid delusions when he attacked police officers in 2019.

He said that Scales-Copeland was “on a probability basis” aware of what he was doing in stabbing the agents, but was not criminally responsible for not knowing it was wrong.

Scales-Copeland did not trust the police, feared they were trying to kill him, and believed he was acting in self-defense.

The judge ordered the 26-year-old to be detained as a forensic patient in the Long Bay psychiatric clinic until his case was reviewed by the Mental Health Review Tribunal.

Oliver Scales-Copeland was found not guilty of stabbing two police officers for his mental illness, but he is still being held

He said Scales-Copeland could not be released at this stage because he remained a threat to others due to his limited understanding of his mental illness despite treatment.

It is up to the Tribunal to decide when he should be released.

Two psychiatrists in Sydney, Dr. Olav Nielssen and Dr. Richard Furst, had been diagnosed with chronic schizophrenia and addiction disorder in Scales-Copeland.

They said that his cocaine use had exacerbated his pre-seizure schizophrenia, but that he had been mentally ill for several years.

He claimed he was awake all night after taking cocaine before driving from Sydney to Lake Macquarie on Sunday, October 6, attacking the two senior agents outside a gas station in Toronto at 1pm.

Judge Gartelmann found Scales-Copeland, from Bronte, east Sydney, not guilty of a mental illness from two counts of injuries intended to prevent arrest.

Scales-Copeland, the son of Greens Councilor George Copeland on Sydney’s Waverley Council, was only wearing red underpants when he started threatening motorists with a knife before the two police officers approached him at Caltex’s gas station.

Newcastle District Court judge Tim Gartelmann ordered the 26-year-old man to be detained as a forensic patient in Long Bay psychiatric clinic until his case was reviewed by the Mental Health Review Tribunal

Newcastle District Court judge Tim Gartelmann ordered the 26-year-old man to be detained as a forensic patient in Long Bay psychiatric clinic until his case was reviewed by the Mental Health Review Tribunal

Newcastle District Court judge Tim Gartelmann ordered the 26-year-old man to be detained as a forensic patient in Long Bay psychiatric clinic until his case was reviewed by the Mental Health Review Tribunal

When told to drop the knife, he called out, “Come on dogs, I’ll take you.”

The officers used paprika spray and a stick to disarm Scales-Copeland and struggled with him when he stabbed one officer in the left thigh five times and the other officer in the right hand once, cutting one finger to the bone.

Both officers opened fire, but missed before being arrested with the help of bystanders.

When Scales-Copeland was later questioned by detectives, she did not claim to have stabbed the officers.

He told the police to leave Sydney because he realized that the city was under a hole in the ozone layer and that it was unsafe.

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