Brisbane murder case; accused who set ablaze Alisher is of ‘unsound mind’

Manmeet Alisher murder Brisbane

Further in the Manmeet Alisher Murder case, a 48-year-old man accused of murdering Indian-origin bus driver in Brisbane has been confirmed as a former mental health patient. Manmeet, 29, died after being set alight in front of passengers while pulled up at a bus stop.

According to state Health Minister Cameron Dick, Anthony Mark Edward O’Donohue had undergone treatment at Queensland Health’s mental health services.

The minister also announced launching an independent external inquiry into the treatment given to O’Donohue.

Meanwhile, parents of the Brisbane city council bus driver were still unaware of the death of their son, a family friend, Winnerjit Goldy, said.

His brother Amit arrived in Brisbane on Sunday to take the body home. “We haven’t told the parents that he’s no more, we just say it’s an accident, he’s in a coma,” Goldy said.

“It is a really hard time for us. This is a bad day in the history of Australia. It is a country of justice and we feel we will get justice.

“Manmeet was not only a bus driver, he was a gem. He was the one, he was the main family member, all the family was dependent on that person,” he said.

Dick said an independent investigation regarding his treatment will be conducted by forensic psychiatrist Paul Mullen and it would be completedwithin eight weeks.

“To the extent possible, any findings and recommendations of this investigation will be released publicly,” Dick said, adding, “Queensland Health will also assist with any investigation or inquiry conducted by the Queensland Police Service and State Coroner in relation to this incident.”

After conducting the mandatory process of internal review of treatment and services. Given the very serious nature of this incident, it is appropriate that there be an independent external investigation into the treatment provided within the health system to the accused.

“Accordingly, I have requested the Director-General of Queensland Health to commission an independent investigation under the Hospital and Health Board Act 2011 regarding treatment provided to the accused,” the health minister added.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had raised India’s concern over the brutal killing of Alisher with his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull.

Turnbull had expressed shock at the killing and conveyed to Modi that the matter was being investigated.