TORMENTED Kevin Moy, 32, who threw his two-week-old son to his death
from a bridge because he thought the child was the Devil, was ordered to
be detained in the State Hospital at Carstairs yesterday after a jury
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found him not guilty of murder because he was insane at the time.
The High Court in Glasgow heard how Moy came to believe he was the
anti-Christ and that his son was Satan.
Moy was sure the Devil had put a birthmark on the boy's head and that
he and the infant were to blame for the Gulf war.
He also feared they would destroy the world by infecting mankind with
Later he told police he had to save the world by killing both his son
and himself. Moy was also obsessed by the number six, traditionally
linked to the Devil.
The court heard that Moy had worked as a lab technician until he
contracted ME eight years ago and suffered depression.
But there was no sign of the tragedy to follow when he visited his
wife Eileen and son, born last September 26, in hospital.
She returned home with the baby, but Moy stayed with his parents
because he needed care for his depression.
But tragedy struck when Moy and his wife took Eoghan for his first
outing on a sunny day last October.
As they stood at Overtoun Bridge near a Dumbarton beauty spot, Moy
suddenly dropped the baby to the wooded banks of a burn 42ft below then
tried to throw himself over, but was dragged back by his screaming wife.
Bystanders scrambled down the steep banks, where Eoghan lay fatally
injured. He died in hospital next day.
Moy was taken to nearby Overtoun House, where he grabbed a kitchen
knife and tried to slash his wrists before he was arrested.
Mr Kevin Drummond QC, defending, told the jury: ''The tragedy of what
happened here is beyond all comprehension.'' The jury was told that it
was agreed by both the prosecution and the Crown that Moy, of Alexander
Street, Dumbarton, had dropped the baby over the bridge.
But the 11 women and four men on the jury had to decide whether they
accepted the evidence of four psychiatrists that Moy was insane at the
time of the killing. They returned a unanimous verdict.
The judge, Lord Mayfield, ordered Moy to be detained in the State
Hospital.He will remain in the hospital until doctors think he is fit to
leave, but the final decision will rest with the Scottish Secretary.
Mr Craig Scott, prosecuting, told the jury that it was not in dispute
that Moy had dropped his baby over the bridge.
What they had to decide was if they accepted the evidence of four
psychiatrists who all agreed that Moy was insane at the time and was
suffering from an acute alienation of reason, and he suggested they
would have no difficulty in reaching the same decision.
Mr Drummond said: ''Nobody is in any doubt that the accused is not a
criminal, but is a very seriously ill and sick young man.'' He said Moy
and his family were due sympathy.
He told the jury: ''This case either represents evil of such depth
that it is beyond comprehension, or alternatively it represents an
illness which is also beyond the comprehension of ordinary human
beings.'' He said that Moy was an intelligent, decent man from a good
family background, and the tragedy had deeply affected the families on
Moy sat staring ahead with a nurse from the State Hospital sitting
nearby during the two-day hearing.