Meet Mr C
In the 1960s a young man – while suffering from a psychotic episode – committed homicide. It has been his only recorded offence. The man was initially detained in the State Hospital; then in a medium / high security hospital; then a medium security hospital; before eventually residing in the community in the early 2000s.
The Gentleman is now in his 80s. The last time I represented him, he was still the subject of a compulsion order .These are generally vigorously fought by Scottish Ministers.
Often people who have been convicted of an offence – and been found to have a mental disorder – are detained for many years longer than they would be if they were deemed ‘sane’ and served a standard prison sentence.