“There isn’t any excuse, so far as I am involved. Psychotic? Sure. Self-induced,” he mentioned.
“They are saying, ‘Nicely, he did not know what he was doing.’ Huge deal. Do not ask me for sympathy, do not ask me for compassion. He took medication and he killed my son,” he mentioned.
Flame consumed eight to 10 MDMA capsules on the evening out, in addition to alcohol and hashish. When he left a buddy’s home in Queenscliff within the early hours of the morning, Liam adopted to ensure his buddy was okay. Quickly after, a witness noticed Flame stomping ferociously on Liam’s head in a close-by park and inflicting deadly blows.
Flame didn’t deny within the trial that he killed Liam, however argued he didn’t homicide him, as a result of he was experiencing a psychotic episode brought on by schizophrenia and believed his buddy was a demon who wished to kill him. Prosecutors argued the behaviour was brought on by the massive amount of MDMA and never the schizophrenia that was identified following the assault.
Reflecting on the arguments, Mr Anderson mentioned anybody voluntarily taking “mind-altering, mood-altering” medication needed to personal the results.
“So far as I am involved, he’s the person who murdered my baby. Finish of story,” he mentioned.
“He overdosed. He took 10 [capsules] on that evening … And he ended somebody’s life. In my eyes, he’s completely accountable. And if it was someone else’s baby I’d really feel precisely the identical approach.”
Mr Anderson, lead singer of the Australian exhausting rock band Rose Tattoo for the reason that Nineteen Seventies, mentioned the music business was full of medicine and alcohol however he had made a private resolution when his daughter was born within the Nineteen Eighties to be extra accountable and clear up his act.
Mr Anderson mentioned he was not criticising the justice system or the jury’s verdict on Flame, which he mentioned had no less than acknowledged the person dedicated against the law.
After a three-week trial, the jury accepted that Flame was impaired however didn’t have a illness of the thoughts when he killed Liam, which warranted his legal responsibility for homicide being diminished to manslaughter. He will probably be sentenced within the NSW Supreme Court docket in December.
Talking exterior court docket on Thursday, his lawyer Leonie Gittani mentioned her consumer was feeling “a bit emotional” and he was moved by the hug from Liam’s mom.
“It has been a tricky journey for him, and a tricky journey for everybody,” Ms Gittani mentioned.
A grieving Lindy Anderson informed the assembled media exterior that there have been no winners.
Fergus Hunter is against the law reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.
Georgina Mitchell is a court docket reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.