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'I am very sorry for what I have done': killer babysitter

A Sydney man who hit a baby with a crutch before almost cutting her head off with a meat cleaver has been found not guilty of her murder on the grounds of mental illness.
After Justice Robert Shadbolt Hulme delivered his verdict in the NSW Supreme Court today, Jayant Kumar Singh said from the dock: "I am very sorry for what I have done."
The judge found that Singh, who had recently been released from a mental health facility, killed the nine-month-old girl in front of her two young siblings on December 22, 2006, at a house in Campsie, in Sydney's south-west.
A post-mortem report revealed the baby had brain injuries and extensive fractures to her skull, and her neck had been cut deeply with "near decapitation".
Singh had been babysitting the three children.
Their mother said he had never shown any aggression towards them and had a good relationship with the baby.
The judge ordered Singh to be detained in a prison hospital at Sydney's Long Bay Jail "until released by due process of the law".

www.smh.com.au (29-6-2010)
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/i-am-very-sorry-for-what-i-have-done-killer-babysitter-20100629-zgzt.html

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Baby-killer Jayant Kumar Singh found not guilty on grounds of insanity

A Sydney man who hit a baby with a crutch before almost cutting her head off with a meat cleaver has been found not guilty of her murder on the grounds of mental illness.
After Justice Robert Shallcross Hulme delivered his verdict in the NSW Supreme Court on Tuesday, Jayant Kumar Singh said from the dock, "I am very sorry for what I have done.''
The judge found that Singh, who had recently been released from a mental health facility, killed the nine-month-old girl in front of her two young siblings on December 22, 2006, at a house in Campsie, in Sydney's south-west.
A post-mortem report revealed the baby had brain injuries and extensive fractures to her skull, and her neck had been cut deeply with "near decapitation".
Singh had been babysitting the three children.
Their mother said he had never shown any aggression towards them and had a good relationship with the baby.
The judge ordered Singh to be detained in a prison hospital at Sydney's Long Bay Jail "until released by due process of the law''.

www.theaustralian.com.au (29-6-2010)
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/baby-killer-jayant-kumar-singh-found-not-guilty-on-grounds-of-insanity/story-e6frg6nf-1225885606387


Baby killer cleared of murder

A Sydney man who stabbed a friend's baby to death had told hospital staff of his desire to harm the child, a court has heard.
Jayant Kumar Singh has been found not guilty of murdering the 10-month-old girl on the grounds of mental illness.
Mr Singh was supervising the baby and her siblings at a Campsie home in south-west Sydney while her mother visited the shops in December 2006.
He hit the baby with crutches and stabbed her to death.
A post-mortem revealed the baby had died of a fractured skull, brain damage and near decapitation.
Mr Singh had just been released from Rozelle Medical Hospital.
Sydney's Supreme Court has heard he had told hospital staff he was having thoughts of hurting the child.
During an interview with police after his arrest, Mr Singh said he murdered the baby because he wanted to go into custody so he did not have to "worry about other things".
"I was depressed so I stabbed the baby," he said.
The court heard the victim's family was very close with Mr Singh. However, the girl's mother noticed a change in him after his release from hospital.
Justice Robert Hulme has ordered Mr Singh to remain in the Long Bay Prison hospital until he is deemed fit to be released.
Upon hearing the judgment, Mr Singh looked at the judge and said, "I'm very sorry for what I've done".

www.abc.net.au (29-6-2010)
David Lewis
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2010-06-29/baby-killer-cleared-of-murder/885286


Family farewells baby killed with meat cleaver

A Sydney family has paid a heartbreaking farewell to a little girl whose horrific death highlights the crisis in our mental health system.
The child, not yet one, was laid to rest last week after her throat was slit with a meat cleaver just three days before Christmas.
At her graveside were her mother, brother and sister and the father she had never met - he was living in Fiji when she was killed, awaiting a visa to reunite the family in Sydney.
The baby, who would have celebrated her first birthday on Thursday, allegedly died at the hands of family friend Jayant Kumar Singh, 53, who had been released from a psychiatric hospital just days before.
Her plight is a graphic illustration of a Daily Telegraph investigation which has found the number of mental health hospital beds needs to double to cope with rising demand.
That bed shortage has prompted police fears that the number of mentally ill on the streets is increasing at an alarming rate, putting the public at risk.
Now the child's family is demanding to know why her alleged killer was allowed back on the street when he was still a danger.
The 53-year-old, who had been boarding with the family in Campsie, in Sydney's inner-west, before being treated for mental illness, allegedly attacked the baby with a meat cleaver while her mother was outside hanging up washing.
The family says it would not have allowed Singh to return had they known he was still ill.
A relative said: "It should never have happened. He shouldn't have been allowed out."
The baby's parents, who asked The Daily Telegraph to attend the funeral, are believed to have consulted a lawyer regarding possible action against the hospital.
More than 100,000 people use NSW public mental health services each year. There are about 2200 acute and sub-acute care beds, but health officials say at least 5000 are needed.
They are also facing a new breed of patient - aged from teens to mid-20s with drug-induced psychoses, who take up more hospital resources.
Despite being dangerously ill, many people are unable to get a hospital bed and are languishing under a shortage of community care facilities.
Some patients have harmed others within hours of being discharged from hospital.
The NSW Mental Health Sentinel Events Review Committee, due to report on the crisis in March, has admitted hospitals are under pressure.
The report says: "Admission is to mental health beds widely seen as the most effective short-term risk mitigation strategy in high risk cases.
"The committee believes that on occasions, patients are not being admitted or are being discharged without comprehensive follow-up."
Figures obtained by The Daily Telegraph also show more than 150 patients committed suicide in a year while under care.
At the funeral on Wednesday, the baby's mother wept openly as she cradled her other daughter, 4, and son, 3.
As her tiny white coffin was wrapped in a traditional Fijian fine mat and lowered into the ground, her siblings joined mourners as they threw flowers on the casket. Her father - dressed in traditional Fijian wear - helped place dirt over her coffin.
Singh has been charged with her murder.

The Daily Telegraph (8-1-2007)
Lilian Saleh/ Bruce McDougall
http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/family-farewells-baby-killed-with-meat-cleaver/story-e6frfkp9-1111112796471


Tears For A Sister

It was the heartbreaking farewell to a little girl whose horrific death highlights the crisis in our mental health system.
The child, not yet one, was laid to rest last week after her throat was slit with a meat cleaver just three days before Christmas.
At her graveside were her brother and sister and the father she had never met he was living in Fiji when she was killed, awaiting a visa to reunite the family in Sydney.
The baby, who would have celebrated her first birthday on Thursday, allegedly died at the hands of family friend Jayant Kumar Singh, 53, who had been released from a psychiatric hospital just days before.
Her plight is a graphic illustration of a Daily Telegraph investigation which has found the number of mental health hospital beds needs to double to cope with rising demand.
That bed shortage has prompted police fears that the number of mentally ill on the streets is increasing at an alarming rate, putting the public at risk.
Now the child's family are demanding to know why her alleged killer was allowed back on the street when he was still a danger.
The 53-year-old, who had been boarding with the family in Campsie, in Sydney's inner-west, before being treated for mental illness, allegedly attacked the baby with a meat cleaver while her mother was outside hanging up washing.
The family says it would not have allowed Singh to return had they known he was still ill.
A relative said: "It should never have happened. He shouldn't have been allowed out."
The baby's parents, who asked The Daily Telegraph to attend the funeral, are believed to have consulted a lawyer regarding possible action against the hospital.
More than 100,000 people use NSW public mental health services each year. There are about 2200 acute and sub-acute care beds, but health officials say at least 5000 are needed.
They are also facing a new breed of patients those aged from their teens to their mid-20s suffering from drug-induced psychosis. They are taking up more hospital resources than ever.
Despite being dangerously ill, many people are unable to get a hospital bed and are languishing under a shortage of community care facilities.
Some patients have harmed others within hours of being discharged from hospital.
The NSW Mental Health Sentinel Events Review Committee, due to report on the crisis in March, has admitted hospitals are under pressure.
The report says: "Admission to mental health beds is widely seen as the most effective short-term risk mitigation strategy in high risk cases.
"The committee believes that on occasions, patients are not being admitted or are being discharged without comprehensive follow-up."
Figures obtained by The Daily Telegraph also show more than 150 patients committed suicide in a year while under care.
At the funeral on Wednesday, the baby's mother wept openly as she cradled her other daughter, 4, and son, 3.
As her tiny white coffin was wrapped in a traditional Fijian fine mat and lowered into the ground, her siblings joined mourners as they threw flowers on the casket. Her father dressed in traditional Fijian wear helped place dirt over her coffin.
Singh has been charged with her murder.

The Daily Telegraph (8-1-2007)
Bruce McDougall/ Lillian Saleh

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