Cy Walsh seeks permission to leave mental health facility unsupervised


The son of former Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh, who killed his father during a mental health episode in 2015, has asked a court for the right to unsupervised leave from the Adelaide mental health facility where he lives.

The South Australian Supreme Court had previously found Cy Walsh mentally incompetent with undiagnosed schizophrenia when he stabbed his father to death at his Adelaide home six years ago.

He appeared before the Supreme Court today from Ashton House, a forensic mental health unit where he is serving a mental health supervision order.

Mr Walsh’s lawyer, Trish Johnson, asked the court to give Mr Walsh the right to leave the facility unaccompanied.

“The doctors have confirmed he’s doing well with accompanied leave, and so we now seek to move to unaccompanied leave,” she said.

The court ruled Mr Walsh undertake medical and psychological tests before it made a ruling.

He will face court again in September once they are complete.

Last year, a court ruled Mr Walsh could leave the low-security, secure facility under the supervision of his mother or another designated person.

A court had also previously allowed him to move from the higher-security James Nash House psychiatric facility to Ashton House. 

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