Murder is all in the mind

11.09.37: THE USE of brain imaging to determine guilt or innocence has been attacked following the collapse of the murder trial of James Hans Carter.

Carter was charged with killing three families in East Sussex in three months.

Brain imaging showed that he was familiar with the details of the crimes, of which he had no conscious knowledge. The defence argued that while Carter may have committed the attacks, he could not be held responsible because of memory loss resulting from severe brain disorder and lifelong epilepsy.

Carter refused to plead guilty to manslaughter or murder, claiming that his medical condition was not properly treated. He blamed his doctor and the drugs he was prescribed. PF