Glasgow & West Scotland

John Padden acquitted of killing dad as he was insane

A man who killed his 84-year-old father, whom he believed to be poisoning him, has been acquitted on the grounds of insanity.

John Padden attacked his father Michael at his sheltered housing accommodation in Dumbarton in May. The pensioner died of a heart attack days later.

An examination of facts at the High Court in Dumbarton heard Padden, 49, was diagnosed as schizophrenic aged 17.

He is to be detained at the State Hospital without limit of time.

The court heard that following the attack, Padden's father suffered a fractured hip and had to undergo an operation.

Assault charge

He died of a heart attack days later at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley.

Padden, was charged with murder, by punching and kicking his father on the body, causing him to fall and die of his injuries.

He was also charged with assaulting his cousin, Liam McGarry, at the sheltered housing accommodation, on the same date.

It was ruled that Padden was insane and unfit to plead.

An examination of facts was held, at which the judge Lord Uist ruled Padden had killed his father and assaulted Mr McGarry but acquitted him on the grounds of insanity.

In relation to the murder charge the judge said: "The accused did the acts constituting the offence of culpable homicide."

He also said Padden carried out the assault on Mr McGarry.

Lord Uist added: "My finding in relation to charge one is because of the fact, had the accused been sane, I would have not have regarded this as a murderous attack involving punching about the face and kicking."

The judge ruled that Padden be detained within the State Hospital at Carstairs without limit of time.

It was heard Padden was diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 17 and had been in and out of hospitals since then.

He has now been admitted to the State Hospital for the third time.