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Family sought help before paranoid schizophrenic killed parents

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Family sought help before paranoid schizophrenic killed parents

The family of a paranoid schizophrenic wanted to get psychiatric help for him in the weeks before he killed his parents with an axe, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

Julian Cuddihy (43), has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the murder of his parents Kathleen and James at their family home in Churchtown, Carndonagh, Co Donegal on October 22, 2014.

Today, Detective Garda Bernard Mullins of Buncrana Garda Station told prosecuting counsel Denis Vaughan Buckley SC that Julian's father James cancelled an appointment with local mental health services a week before the violent episode that left him and his wife dead.

The family had become concerned about Julian's erratic behaviour and believed he was suffering from schizophrenia.

The trial continues this afternoon in front of Justice Margaret Heneghan and a jury of seven women and five men.

Eoin Reynolds