Killer sent to prison hospital
By HELEN JACK email@example.com TABULAM man Luke Macuik, who killed his father while mentally ill, will be held in Long Bay Correctional Centre hospital until he is deemed fit to be released by the NSW Mental Health Review Tribunal.
The decision was handed down by Supreme Court Justice Graham Barr in Lismore yesterday after a week-long trial.
During his address to the court, Justice Barr said Macuik, 24, was not guilty of the murder of his father, Mykalaj Charles Macuik, 56, by reason of mental illness.
He described Macuik as being 'floridly psychotic' when he killed his father.
Macuik lived with his father on an olive farm at Tabulam from 2003.
He began displaying symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia from the age of 18.
It was also around this time his mother noticed Macuik was smoking excessive amounts of cannabis while he was living with her at Tweed Heads.
After he moved in with his father at Tabulam, Macuik's delusions increased, exacerbated by the isolation of the farm and the lack of a formal diagnosis of his psychosis.
Justice Barr said statements from neighbours described how Macuik's father told them that if he died then his son had killed him.
Macuik's father also told neighbours he was thinking about selling the farm because he was getting no assistance from his son who was smoking cannabis.
Justice Barr said that without the evidence of the thought-jumbled letters found by Macuik's mother after his arrest, Macuik's interview with police and psychiatrists could be interpreted as a series of lying denials about events surrounding the incident.
The body of Mykalaj Charles Macuik was found buried on the property after a police search in March 2006, a month after he was reported missing.