Police officers escort Chris Goulevitch into the Mackay Base Hospital after his arrest.
Police officers escort Chris Goulevitch into the Mackay Base Hospital after his arrest.

Man 'not sound' when dad stabbed

SIX charges of attempted murder against Freshwater Point resident Chris Goulevitch were formally withdrawn in the Mackay Magistrate's Court yesterday.

It followed a Mental Health Court ruling that Goulevitch was not of sound mind when he stabbed his father, attacked other family members and drove a vehicle at ambulance officers on March 16 last year.

The Mental Health Court has not yet published its formal findings but a copy of their final decision was tendered in court in Mackay yesterday.

Goulevitch is now living in the Mackay region under the supervision of Mental Health officers.

He is receiving treatment from a medical practitioner.

He was charged after he allegedly stabbed his 60-year-old father at Freshwater Point last year.

Police alleged that he also tried to kill two female family members.

When an ambulance arrived to treat his wounded father he allegedly rammed a private vehicle into the ambulance, endangering the lives of three ambulance officers.

It is believed that the Freshwater Point incidents occurred after Goulevicth had stopped taking medication for a mental illness and after family members tried to get him to seek medical help.

He was arrested on the day of the incidents and was admitted to Mackay Base Hospital.

He was held in custody until mid-November, for a period of about eight months, before he was released from the Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre on strict bail conditions.

These included that he refrained from consuming alcohol and took medications prescribed by a doctor and that he complied with all conditions, directions, requirements and recommendations of the Mental Health Unit.

The withdrawal of all charges yesterday came 13 months after the incidents occurred.



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