Cy Walsh has been found not guilty of the stabbing murder of his father, former Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh, by reason of mental incompetence.
The 27-year-old Adelaide man pleaded not guilty in the South Australian Supreme Court to stabbing Mr Walsh 20 times at the family home on July 3, 2015.
Justice Ann Bampton ruled Walsh was suffering from a schizophrenic episode when he attacked his father, and believed that he was not on drugs at the time.
Cy Walsh was found not guilty in the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Photo: 7 News/Supplied
Phil Walsh was a former coach of the Adelaide Crows. Photo: Yahoo7/Supplied
Walsh bowed his head as details of the attack emerged in court.
The court heard his schizophrenia was undiagnosed at the time of the offence, but he was detained in a psychiatric facility after his arrest.
His father, 55, was the head coach of the Adelaide Football Club at the time of his death.
Phil Walsh's wife, Meredith Walsh, had her victim impact statement read in court, saying their family has been shattered.
"My heart remains broken," the statement read. "Our daughter is devastated by the loss of her father.
"Our son Cy is also shattered by what has happened, and has to live with the consequences of his illness, an illness that has destroyed our loving family."
Justice Bampton found that while she agreed that Walsh killed his father, he was not able to be held criminally responsible because of his mental health condition.
Last month, director of public prosecutions Adam Kimber SC indicated a finding of mental incompetence would not be opposed.
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