Saturday, 12 September 2020

Daily Mail on top form

From The Daily Mail:

Gun dealer husband admits shooting dead his solicitor wife at their Grade-II listed farmhouse but DENIES murder because he has a 'mental health condition'

* Silke Hartshorne-Jones, 41, was shot at her £600,000 home in Barham, Suffolk
* Husband, Peter Hartshorne-Jones, 51, admitted manslaughter but NOT murder
* He claimed today at Ipswich Crown Court that he has a 'mental health condition'


formertory said...

You've got to give credit for one thing, though, MW - they've relegated the "value" of the house from the main headline to the sub-headline.

Bet they wouldn't, had the house been worth a couple of million.

formertory said...

Going to be in Ipswich next week for the first time; are there many lunatic gun dealers with shotguns and mental health conditions there? I think I should be told.

Mark Wadsworth said...

FT, they decided that "Grade-II listed farmhouse" was enough to whet the reader's appetite.

Penseivat said...

Catch 22 - If you claim to be insane, it shows you aren't because you are able to know the difference. An insane person would claim that what he/she is doing is reasonable (to him/her) and therefore can not be insane (said my psychiatrist friend who I consider to be madder than a box of frogs).

Mark Wadsworth said...

PS, ah yes, but you can get psychiatrists to diagnose anything nowadays, so what you want is a diagnosis of " sane most of the time with occasional bouts of madness". During your sane phase, you can recognise what you did during mad phase was mad.

A bit like sobering up and realising that [something you did the previous day] was a bit mad.