The Herald reports:
An Invercargill father called mental health services 40 times in the weeks before his son killed his stepson.
Today, Joseph Kevin Boyle was found not guilty by reason of insanity of the murder of his stepbrother, 19-year-old James Clark, at a High Court hearing in Invercargill. …
In October 2019, Boyle’s father contacted his son’s treatment team again with concerns his son was not taking his lithium medication.
His father was again concerned in late November 2019, when he saw his son going from normal to aggressive.
“It was reported in the month before 8 December 2019 he [Mr Boyle’s father] had made some 40 phone calls to mental health providers to get Mr Boyle medically reviewed.”
No father should have to make 40 phone calls to get their son assessed. That suggests deep systemic failings.