LETTER: Crimes are being lessened because of psychiatrists

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IT is my belief that some psychiatrists are still attempting to erode the justice system in this country.

Through their testimonies, they are asserting that offenders are not responsible for what they have done.

Crimes are being lessened because a psychiatrist swears a person is, or was, insane.

One such example is the case of Andrea Cutler, who was charged with the murder of pensioner Sandra Bainbridge from Belper, Derbyshire.

The Crown, however, accepted the plea of manslaughter due to the conclusions reached by two doctors about Cutler’s mental health.

Through this gradual erosion of the justice system, it seems, to me, as though murder is no longer murder, unless a psychiatrist says so.

Some psychiatrists are embedding themselves in court proceedings, advising and encouraging the plea of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, in an effort to get a sentence reduced or even dismissed.

Through their testimonies they assert that offenders are not responsible for what they have done.

Instead they are “victims” of mental disorders.

In the 1940s, psychiatry’s leaders proclaimed their intention to infiltrate the field of the law and bring about the “reinterpretation and eventually eradication of the concept of right and wrong”.

As I see it, that attempt by certain psychiatrists to eradicate the concept of right and wrong, and thereby destroy personal responsibility by inventing excuses for the most flagrant misconduct, undermines the justice system.

Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus Dr Thomas Szasz warned: “We have to restore the idea of responsibility, which is corrupted by psychiatry, by the idea that something happened to you when you were a child and therefore you are not responsible 30 years later.”

In conclusion, I believe it is up to the many conscientious, hardworking and increasingly disheartened people within the system to realise it is being corrupted, and to rid it of these destructive intruders.

Brian Daniels,

National spokesperson,

Citizens Commission on Human Rights (United Kingdom),

East Grinstead.