‘Samurai sword killer’ who hacked his brother to pieces and was on the run for two years, found NOT GUILTY
‘Samurai sword murderer’ who hacked his brother to pieces in a parking garage in Westfield and then was on the run for two years, is found NOT GUILTY of murder
- Jonathan Dick is said to have murdered his brother in David Dick in February 2017
- Dick, 42, is accused of murdering his sibling with a samurai sword and knife
- He was found not guilty of murder for intellectual disability on Thursday
A man who murdered his brother with a samurai sword under the grip of delusions of time travel, the Ku Klux Klan and aliens has been found not guilty of murder.
Jonathan Dick became one of Australia’s most wanted fugitives when he went on the run after cutting his brother David to death with a knife and samurai sword in the parking lot of Westfield Doncaster shopping center in Melbourne in February 2017.
He reunited in August of the following year to try to kill his old friend David Cammarata with a hammer outside the man’s house in Keilor, telling him ‘this was coming.’
Jonathan Dick (left) became one of Australia’s most wanted fugitives when he went on the run after slaying his brother David (right) with a knife and samurai sword in the parking lot of Melbourne’s Westfield Doncaster shopping center in February 2017.
A man believed to be Dick was caught on CCTV on his way to an elevator in Westfield where his brother was murdered
Dick fled again and was caught a year later stalking Mr. Cammarata in a CBD parking garage.
Supreme Court Judge Lex Lasry on Thursday found the 42-year-old not guilty of murdering David Dick, and of attempting to murder and stalk David Cammarata, through an intellectual disability.
Dick has paranoid schizophrenia and was convinced he was destined to kill his brother on their father’s instructions, the court had previously been told.
The killer feared that he and others would be seriously injured or even die if he didn’t go through with it, and he also believed he would be transported to the future afterward so he could avoid prison.
Dick’s mental illness caused him to develop a series of false childhood memories, including that his brother and then-classmate, Mr. Cammarata, was part of a schoolyard attack on him, linked to the Ku Klux Klan and Hells Angels cycling group.
He also had alien delusions, hip-hop records, and September 11th.
Dick’s mental state improved significantly in custody with medication and he no longer believed the delusions, forensic psychiatrist Rajan Darjee told the court.
Dick (pictured) went on the run again and was caught a year later stalking Mr. Cammarata in a CBD parking garage
“ He was also quite confused because for years these kinds of bizarre memories had been as many memories to him as his true biographical memories, ” said Dr. Darjee Tuesday.
Justice Lasry accepted Dick’s mental state at the time of the murder, attempted murder and stalking meant he didn’t know what he was doing was wrong.
The killer remains in custody in a mental health ward and later returns to court.
Dick became one of Australia’s most wanted fugitives after fleeing the murder of his brother.
He was chased and arrested after Mr Cammarata saw him lurking in a parking garage last August.
He fared better in prison on medication, and his delusions had completely disappeared, Dr. Darjee said in court on Monday.
He was chased and arrested after Mr Cammarata spotted him lurking in a CBD parking garage last August.