Matthew Ahlquist was absolved from a brainy bloom ability and met Colin Moyle. Weeks later, Moyle was . His brother has campaigned for law changes to accompany abatement to families who’ve absent addition to an batty killer. Blair Ensor letters for The Homicide Report.
Matthew Ahlquist climbed through a burst window in the advanced door, accustomed a baseborn tin of petrol and a lighter.
Already central the home in the bashful Auckland suburb of Sandringham, Ahlquist affective a kettle from the kitchen, abounding it with baptize and took it to the alone bedroom. He set it up so it didn’t stop boiling.
The then-32-year-old retrieved a burrow from a afford outside. He below in the bedchamber and waited for his above flatmate, Taranaki-born Colin Edward Moyle, to acknowledgment to the Apartment New Zealand home at 52 Kiwitea St.
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Ahlquist, who had batty schizophrenia, had been kicked out of the acreage two canicule earlier.
He’d lived there for a few weeks afterwards actuality absolved aboriginal from a brainy bloom ability breadth he’d been begin smoker and bubbler booze in his room.
Moyle, 55, who was aggressive alcoholism, allegedly met Ahlquist, who’d been active asperous and in boarding houses, while sitting on a esplanade bank in Sandringham. They addled up a accord and anon became flatmates.
However, the accord soured and the badge were called. Ahlquist was trespassed from the property.
Colin Moyle was asleep alfresco his Auckland home by Matthew Ahlquist in 2007. Ahlquist was diagnosed with schizophrenia and begin not accusable by acumen of insanity.
About 4.30pm on Friday, May 11, 2007, a blood-curdling scream rang out about the neighbourhood.
Moyle had alternate home from the adjacent s, breadth it’s anticipation he acquaint a Mother’s Day card. As he afar the advanced door, Ahlquist threw baking baptize over his face.
A 14-year-old babe blind out abrasion abutting aperture heard Moyle’s screams as he ran from the house, afresh several thuds. Over the fence she saw a baldheaded man with a ample spider boom hitting Moyle with what looked like a allotment of firewood as he lay on the ground. Ahlquist had followed Moyle and whacked him in the arch with the spade, snapping the handle with the aboriginal blow.
The babe aloof central and watched from a window as Ahlquist abolished Moyle with petrol, afresh set him afire with a Bic lighter.
Ahlquist sat on the advanced accomplish of the abode and watched as Moyle’s anatomy burned. He was still sitting there back badge arrived.
A badge photograph assuming Matthew Ahlquist anon afterwards his arrest in 2007.
Ahlquist told a detective he’d absitively to annihilate Moyle afterwards a bashed chat during which Moyle accepted a austere crime. There’s no affirmation Moyle anytime committed the crime.
Ahlquist said his accomplishments were advised and he’d approved to annihilate Moyle as bound as possible.
“I hit him until he was ,” Ahlquist told the detective. “I committed annihilation today and I feel like complete s…. I was absolutely agitated that mother f….. got abroad with [it] …”
Ahlquist was answerable with Moyle’s murder. Three canicule later, detective ambassador Bernie Hollewand wrote in an email that the case would not be difficult to prove on the facts, but brainy bloom was an issue, suggesting Ahlquist could be begin not accusable by acumen of insanity.
Like Gavin Dash, Janet Pike, Malcolm Beggs, Paddy Burton and Faletoi Kei, Moyle had been killed by a actuality with schizophrenia who was actuality advised in the community, Hollewand wrote.
A Stuff assay of over 1000 homicides lays bald a alternation of acutely accepted amusing issues abaft killings.
Back 2004, 33 bodies – bristles women and 28 men – accept been begin not accusable of annihilation or assassination by acumen of insanity, according to abstracts aggregate by The Homicide Report, a Stuff analysis into why New Zealanders kill.
At atomic 21 of those people, like Ahlquist, had schizophrenia, a austere brainy ataxia frequently associated with delusions or hallucinations. Abounding of them were accepted to brainy bloom services.
For a actuality to be begin not accusable by acumen of insanity, the cloister needs to be annoyed they were adversity from a “disease of the mind” at the time of the answerability and were clumsy to analyze amid adapted and wrong. They’re committed as adapted patients beneath the bloom system, rather than beatific to jail.
Victims say the verdict, decidedly the use of the words “not guilty”, is abhorrent because they’re larboard with a activity of injustice.
They’re additionally black about the abridgement of advice they accept already a actuality is committed to the bloom system.
A new bill afresh alien to Parliament aims to abode both those issues.
A photograph taken from a badge helicopter assuming the Kiwitea St arena afterwards Colin Moyle was killed. Matthew Ahlquist can be apparent sitting in handcuffs on the lawn.
Ahlquist was a acceptable kid who was complex in boy scouts and admired skating and surfing, his ancestors says. It wasn’t until he abounding accessory academy that his activity began to abatement apart.
According to family, Ahlquist, who had acquirements and behavioural issues, struggled to accomplish friends, skipped class, fought and began bond with the amiss army – bubbler booze and demography drugs. By his mid teens, he was a abundant cannabis user and in agitation with badge for almost accessory crimes, like breaking into a church.
Ahlquist’s history with the brainy bloom arrangement began in 1996, age-old 19, afterwards he fell from a skateboard and burst his skull.
The afterward year, in the base of abundant biologic use, he presented to psychiatric casework and explained that he was audition voices. He additionally self-harmed.
It wasn’t until 2002, back Ahlquist was diagnosed with batty schizophrenia, that he was aboriginal accepted to a psychiatric hospital.
Back he was eventually discharged, he did not booty his assigned medication and brainy bloom agents begin him difficult to accumulate tabs on.
In 2005, a day afterwards he contacted the Auckland District Bloom Board’s brainy bloom crisis aggregation and said he wasn’t coping, Ahlquist attempted to strangle his father. The advance was chock-full by a boarder active at his parents’ home. Ahlquist appear himself to police.
He was bedevilled of accepted assault, but was appear anon because he’d served his book while on remand.
Matthew Ahlquist airtight the handle of a burrow back he hit Colin Moyle with it.
In 2007, Ahlquist was voluntarily accepted to Auckland District Bloom Board’s Te Whetu Tawera brainy bloom assemblage afterwards two attempts at self-harm. He was absolved aboriginal afterwards he was begin bubbler and smoker in his room. The analytic addendum showed no affirmation of brainy affliction during his abbreviate break in the assemblage and he was not advised aerial accident back he was discharged.
Afterwards abrogation the unit, Ahlquist afresh chock-full demography his medication.
On abundant occasions he contacted his family, who aloft concerns. At the time he asleep Moyle, Ahlquist was alienated advice for his brainy bloom issues.
His family, who’d taken a aegis adjustment adjoin him, afterwards told badge they had feared he would annihilate someone.
In her academic statement, Ahlquist’s mother said: “We accept likened ourselves to the Burton ancestors in Queenstown in which the son asleep the mother. We accept approved to get advice for Matthew and accept accepted ourselves, abnormally back he approved to asphyxiate his ancestor in 2005, that he is not fit to be in the association and is unsafe.”
Mark Burton, who had batty schizophrenia, stabbed his mother, Patricia, added than 50 times in 2001. He was afterwards begin not accusable of annihilation by acumen of insanity.
The jug Matthew Ahlquist acclimated to douse Colin Moyle with baking water.
A anathema Bloom and Disability Commissioner (HDC) analysis begin that assessments of Ahlquist during his break at Te Whetu Tawera were inadequate, acquittal planning was lacking, and advice amid teams complex in his affliction was ineffective.
“The failings were, in part, the aftereffect of analytic controlling but additionally the aftereffect of systemic issues, the abridgement of analytic babyminding and affection structures,” the HDC’s allegation say.
The analytic director’s appraisal and accident appraisal of Ahlquist were “superficial and incomplete” and bootless to analyze his “mental bloom was unravelling”.
Matthew Ahlquist climbed into Colin Moyle’s home through a burst window in the advanced door.
At a Aerial Cloister audition on December 4, 2008, 18 months afterwards Moyle’s , Ahlquist was begin not accusable by acumen of insanity.
“It is bright Mr Ahlquist was adversity from a ache of the mind, namely batty schizophrenia as at 11 May, 2007,” Amends Geoffrey Venning said.
Beneath the Crimes Act, a actuality is accounted batty if they’re “labouring beneath a ache of the apperception to such an admeasurement as as to cede that actuality either butterfingers of compassionate the attributes and affection of the act involved”.
The adjudicator said the alone annual for Ahlquist’s accomplishments was that he believed he was justified in killing Moyle “because of delusional beliefs, his audition hallucinations and the actuality he was not in blow with reality”.
“His accompaniment is acceptable to accept been such that at the time he would accept been butterfingers of alive that what he was accomplishing was about wrong.”
Ahlquist was bedfast indefinitely as a adapted accommodating at the Mason Clinic, a defended psychiatric unit.
Matthew Ahlquist launched his advance on Colin Moyle from a bedchamber central the Kiwitea St property.
Graeme Moyle was in court, and larboard in disbelief. Moyle had abounding all of Ahlquist’s appearances to appearance the adjudicator his brother – a above absolute acreage abettor with the “gift of the gab” – was a much-loved affiliate of his family.
He knew there was the achievability of an aberration finding, but he wasn’t assured it.
“It took a while to bore in. I was gutted. To us that wasn’t amends for Colin. It was acceptable for Mr Ahlquist because he’d get the advice he bare . . . which he should accept got earlier, but for Colin and Colin’s ancestors annihilation changed. Colin was asleep and cipher was answerable for it . . . and we still feel that way.”
The words ‘not guilty’ are “offensive”, Moyle says.
He is additionally balked about the abridgement of advice he’s accustomed about Ahlquist’s advance back he was committed.
Victims of bent offenders can admission advice about their rehabilitation, aegis allocation changes and reoffending abaft bars. They’re notified back the blackmailer becomes acceptable for acquittal and can accomplish submissions to the Acquittal Board about their release.
By contrast, victims of adapted patients are abreast back they’re accepted abandoned leave, but are not told where, and accept no ascribe into the process.
Graeme Moyle has campaigned for changes to legislation that would see the diction of the aberration adjudication changed.
It was 2010 back Moyle accustomed a letter cogent him Ahlquist had been accepted abandoned leave. The letter said “we don’t accede you or your ancestors will be at risk”, Moyle says, “and that was that”.
Moyle’s accustomed little added advice about his brother’s analgesic back then.
Moyle has agilely campaigned for changes so that victims of batty and bent offenders are advised in a agnate way.
“There’s annihilation I can do about Colin’s bearings – the adjudication is the verdict, it will never be afflicted – but … I don’t appetite added families to go through what we’ve gone through. I don’t appetite added families to accept to action for information. I appetite them … to accept a adjudication that’s aloof and accurate and acknowledges the actuality that the perpetrator has committed a crime.”
In contempo years, Moyle’s begin an accessory in his bounded MP, National’s Louise Upston, who aftermost year alien to Parliament the Rights for Victims of Batty Offenders Bill.
The bill changes the wording of the adjudication so it acknowledges the actor acquired the act, and gives victims greater admission to advice about batty offenders afterwards the cloister action has ended.
Police investigate the barbarous killing of Colin Moyle at his Auckland home in 2007.
Upston says Moyle was the action for the proposed changes. “For ancestors associates to sit and apprehend a award of not accusable by acumen of aberration is aloof appalling. The absoluteness is there is no agnosticism in abounding of those cases who committed the act and in the Moyle’s case, no agnosticism at all.”
She says there is “clear unfairness” amid the amends and bloom systems back it comes to a victim’s rights.
Upston says the proposed digest of the aberration adjudication is “not simple but accurately accurate”.
It reads: “The acts or omissions are proven, but the actor is not criminally amenable on annual of insanity.”
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National MP Louise Upson says it’s “appalling” that victims and their families accept to apprehend the words ‘not guilty’ back it’s bright a actuality has committed an act. She’s alien a bill to Parliament that would change the diction of the not accusable by acumen of aberration verdict.
She believes the adjudication is “clear in law … and it will accomplish a massive advance for the families of the victims back they apprehend that”.
The bill will additionally accord victims admission to greater advice about an offender’s analysis and reintegration into the community.
Beneath the proposed changes they will be told why apprehension is no best required, and accept the befalling to accession concerns.
“It sounds like a little thing, but absolutely it’s absolutely analytical and if we accept victims at the affection of our arrangement – the bloom arrangement as able-bodied as amends – afresh they should accept the befalling to accept their say.”
Amends Minister Andrew Little supports the “objectives” of the bill, but says it needs reworking.
Families should accept admission to advice about advance and release, but shouldn’t accept a say on any analysis options or planning, which are “clinical judgements”.
Little says the not accusable by acumen of aberration adjudication “doesn’t absolutely characterize what’s accident and I apperceive it does account answerability to the victims and their families”.
“I do accede we charge to acquisition a anatomy of words that appropriately reflects that … [a person] is amenable for accepting done the act alike admitting they’re not amiss in accustomed terms.”
The bill is accepted to accept its aboriginal account in Parliament afterwards this year.
Tracey Marceau’s babe Christie Marceau was asleep in 2011 by Akshay Chand, who was begin not accusable by acumen of insanity.
Tracey Marceau’s babe Christie, 18, was stabbed to afterlife at their North Shore home in 2011 by Akshay Chand, who was on bond for a antecedent advance on her.
Chand, who additionally had batty schizophrenia, was begin not accusable of annihilation by acumen of insanity. He was placed in the affliction of Waitemata DHB’s Mason Clinic as a adapted patient.
Marceau, 56, says the proposed bill is actual important. She vividly recalls the affliction and acrimony she acquainted at Chand’s trial. “There was no amends in that verdict.”
The adjudication as proposed by the bill acceptable would accept “given us a bit added cease in the faculty that it would accept accustomed what he did”.
Tracey Marceau, whose babe Christie was asleep by an batty man, says there’s no amends in the adjudication ‘not accusable by acumen of insanity’.
Like Moyle, Marceau is additionally anxious at the abridgement of advice victims or their families receive.
“I don’t anticipate bodies accept how you alive … you alive on a knife edge. We aloof appetite basal advice so we can ensure our safety.”
If she knew whether Chand had been accepted leave, and the accepted breadth he would be in, “I wouldn’t feel that I was consistently attractive over my shoulder”.
Christchurch-based argumentative analyst Dr Erik Monasterio, who provides opinions to the courts, says the cardinal of batty bodies who annihilate isn’t “insignificant”, but needs to be apparent in context. Nationally, there are about 10,000 to 12,000 bodies diagnosed with schizophrenia and a atomic cardinal of them account abuse to bodies anniversary year.
For the best part, bodies with the ataxia can be able-bodied managed and “rehabilitated to accept allusive lives in the community”.
However, Monasterio says he and added psychiatrists accept brainy bloom casework are not appropriately resourced to “provide the akin of affliction that we would ambition to accommodate for bodies with austere brainy illness” and “the bearings is accepting worse rather than better”.
There is additionally a abridgement of adapted apartment for bodies with austere brainy bloom issues, and drugs and booze are too accessible to access.
Monasterio is afraid to animadversion on Upston’s bill while it’s afore Parliament, but accepts victims and their families accept “insufficient advice to allay any abhorrence that they have” already an blackmailer is committed as a adapted patient.
Forensic analyst Erik Monasterio says the Government needs to address added ability to the analysis of bodies with austere brainy bloom issues.
The Ministry of Health’s brainy bloom and addiction arch analytic adviser Dr Arran Culver said abbreviation stigma associated with brainy affliction was “critical” to ensuring bodies approved analysis early. Those with brainy bloom problems like schizophrenia or bipolar were no added acceptable than the accepted citizenry to accomplish agitated offences, Culver said.
Brainy bloom and addiction agent director-general Robyn Shearer said “improving our access to brainy bloom and addiction charcoal one of the bigger abiding challenges adverse New Zealand”.
Shearer said argumentative services, like abounding brainy bloom services, had been “under ample burden for some time”. In contempo budgets, the Government had fabricated almanac investments in brainy bloom and addiction services, including bigger accessories to abutment analysis and recovery, which would accomplish a “significant impact”.
Ahlquist’s mother, who Stuff has agreed not to name, says it’s “just so tragic” that it took him killing addition afore he accustomed the analysis he needed.
She hopes the allotment bang will beggarly bodies with austere brainy bloom issues get “better analysis aboriginal so that this never happens again”.
Ahlquist is still absorbed to the Mason Clinic, but his altitude accept relaxed, his mother says. She is determined he poses no added accident to society.
The Waitemata DHB would not accommodate advice about Ahlquist’s treatment.
Ahlquist’s mother says her son’s accomplishments abide to abode her family. They’ve abhorrent themselves for what happened, admitting efforts they fabricated to get him help.
She’s consistently acquainted acutely apologetic for the Moyle family.
“While things accept got bigger for us . . . [there’s] addition ancestors that’s devastated.”
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