A NSW butcher who beat his wife's head with a hammer and
stabbed her in the chest has been found not guilty of murder
on the grounds of mental illness.
Paul William Mundy, 56, jumped off a bridge at Canberra after
he killed his wife, Michele Ann Mundy, in the apartment they
shared above his butcher shop at Cowra on February 2 last
She suffered severe head injuries and a knife was found
embedded in her chest, with a hammer located nearby.
Mundy, who was discovered floating in the Lachlan River later
that day, told police he had jumped from the bridge because
he "injured Michele".
In a judge-only trial in the Supreme Court in Sydney last
week, the court heard Mundy suffered from delusions that his
wife was having affairs and "orgies" in his home.
"The evidence of these beliefs and these accusations, and the
lack of any basis for such beliefs, is overwhelming," Justice
Stephen Rothman said in his judgment handed down last
Justice Rothman accepted Mundy suffers from longstanding
psychiatric illnesses, including a major depressive disorder
and a delusional disorder.
The court heard Mundy had stopped taking his medication some
time before the killing.
"Once more, the evidence before the court makes clear that
better treatment of the mentally ill is an essential element
in dealing with the tragic circumstances that occurred on
this occasion," Justice Rothman said.
"The family of the deceased, who are mostly also family of
the accused, have suffered a huge loss that cannot be
Justice Rothman found Mundy not guilty of murder on the
grounds of mental illness and ordered that he be detained in
a mental health facility until released "by due process of