A 43-year-old South Australian man has been found not guilty of stalking South Australia’s Premier Steven Marshall because of the man’s mental illness.
- Mr Key was charged with stalking a public officer in May 2020
- Judge Liesl Chapman today found the man not guilty due to his mental illness
- The judge ordered a psychiatric report
Simon Key was charged with stalking a public officer last May after he left an explicit and threatening voicemail for the state’s Premier.
Judge Liesl Chapman today said she had examined two psychological reports on Mr Key’s mental health and had determined he was “mentally incompetent at the time of this offence”.
She found him not guilty.
“It is clear to me from reading those reports that Mr Key has a longstanding history of bipolar one disorder,” Judge Chapman said.
“He cannot reason without the conduct as perceived by reasonable people that it was wrong.”
In the voice message, Mr Key demanded Mr Marshall release his friend from hospital and threatened that if he did not fire alarms would be set off across the state’s hospitals, leaving patients “with no-one to take care of them, potentially leading to lots of death”.
The message also mentioned the names of ministers Stephen Wade, Corey Wingard and Rachel Sanderson.
Judge Chapman said it would not be appropriate to release Mr Key without supervision and she ordered a psychiatric report.
Mr will appear in court again in August.