SEARCHING: Detectives comb the Tabulam property where the body of Mykalaj Charles Macuik was found.
SEARCHING: Detectives comb the Tabulam property where the body of Mykalaj Charles Macuik was found.

Aliens cloned my dad

TABULAM man Luke Macuik, accused of murdering his father in 2006, told a psychiatrist he thought his father had been cloned by aliens in Byron Bay.

The claim was made in%Lismore Supreme Court yesterday.

Macuik, since diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, was examined by five psychiatrists in the months after his arrest in March 2006.

During Macuik's trial yesterday three psychiatrists took the stand simultaneously trying to solve the dilemma of whether Macuik was sane at the time he killed his father, Mykalaj Charles Macuik, 56.

Forensic psychiatrist Dr Bruce Westmore said he did not believe Macuik was mentally ill at the time he killed his father, rather he acted out of anger.

Dr Stephen Allnutt, also a forensic psychiatrist, said there was ongoing evidence Macuik was suffering thought disorders and unable to reason, describing his belief his father was also a drug runner and wrote jumbled letters to his mother.

The relationship between father and son was described by Dr Allnutt as acrimonious.

Dr David Greenburg, professor of forensic psychiatry at the University of Western Sydney, said evidence suggested that in the months leading up to the murder Macuik fluctuated between insanity and lucidity, which he suspected was fuelled by drugs.

"He has sustained interviews with police for several hours and not shown psychotic episodes," he said.

The court heard Macuik was angry with his father after he had returned from a trip to Byron Bay telling a psychiatrist 'it was not my father, so I decided he was cloned'.

Macuik's mother, Kim Godfrey, also made reference during her testimony last week to her son believing his father was a clone.

Dr Greenburg described to the court how Mr Macuik had gone away to look at a property his daughter wanted to buy. On his return to the farm there was little or no food in the house.

"The father had cooked himself a meal and did not cook his son one," Dr Greenburg said. "So there was anger."

Dr Greenburg said Macuik was in a state of shock: "He understood wrongfulness and took measures to cover up the evidence. He dug the grave and washed the knife."

Dr Greenburg said Macuik disclosed 18 months after the offence that his father had assaulted him.

The trial continues today.



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