Scientologists given accused's psychiatric file - 2007-09-28 a
THE Church of Scientology has been granted access to a confidential psychiatric report tendered as evidence in the trial of a Sydney woman accused of murdering her family earlier this year.
The 25-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was diagnosed with a psychotic illness last year but allegedly discouraged by her parents from taking her prescribed medication because of their Scientology beliefs.
The report, by psychiatrist Mark Cross, who examined the woman after her arrest, said her parents allowed her to resume the medication shortly before the attack, in which her father and sister were stabbed to death.
"She had a history of being diagnosed with a psychotic illness in late 2006 at Bankstown Hospital, but follow-up from the mental health team was apparently denied by her parents because of their alleged Scientology beliefs," the report says.