Australia: Bipolar Einfeld needs hospital care, court told
Disgraced former Federal Court judge Marcus Einfeld needs hospital treatment for a psychiatric condition, a court has heard.
Einfeld is appealing his minimum two-year jail term for lying to avoid a speeding fine.
In October, the New South Wales Court of Criminal Appeal was presented with a new psychiatric report concluding he had been suffering from a previously undiagnosed bipolar mood disorder.
Psychiatrist Anthony Durell interviewed the 70-year-old at least three times in jail. He told the court today the ex-judge had an elevated mood, rapid speech and grandiose ideas about his altruistic pursuits involving refugees and other groups.
Dr Durrell said people with hypermania, like Einfeld, were prone to careless errors of judgement, recklessness and moves outside the moral code.
The psychiatrist also said a brain scan had found the former judge's brain was shrinking.
He suggested it could be shrinking at a faster rate than usual for someone Einfeld's age.
The doctor said he needed treatment in hospital.
Source: ABC News