At the moment there is a trial going on in Ireland. Joe Hefferman is alleged to have murdered Eoin Ryan.
Because Eoin was gay.
The motive for killing a gay student in Clare two years ago was the issue of homosexuality, according to a Central Criminal Court prosecutor.
“He made a pass at me and I’m no queer. He’s the devil,” the accused had said.
As Mr Heffernan told a doctor in the Central Mental Hospital.
“I think he was a gay. He made a pass at me and I kind of went along with it,” he said, adding that he was embarrassed.
Mr Heffernan said the devil was in Mr Ryan’s eyes and noted that Ryan’s eyes were badly damaged by the attack. The killing may not have been rational, but here is the problem.
A psychiatrist examined him and believed Mr. Hefferman suffers from a psychotic state. While this is uncertain, this begs and important question.
How would you differentiate between religious intolerance to homosexuals and the attack on them caused by a psychotic state?
It’s a difficult case. Heffeman did turn himself in for the murder but is he guilty of murder or manslaughter via diminished responsiblity of the mind?