n South African Journal of Psychiatry - Profile of mentally ill offenders referred to the Free State Psychiatric Complex : article

Volume 13, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1608-9685
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6786



A relatively small number of persons with mental illness become involved in criminal acts that can be related to their mental disorder. Crimes are mainly property-related, and less often against persons (i.e. less violent crimes). The mental state of the defendant is usually brought to the attention of the criminal court through the bizarre nature of the crime, a known history of psychiatric treatment, or unusual behaviour by the accused following arrest.

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