Man cleared of trying to murder estranged wife
A 40-YEAR-old man has been acquitted of the attempted murder of his estranged wife two years ago after a jury found him not guilty by reason of insanity.
Alexander Gano, with a last address at Connaught Street in Dublin 7, had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to the attempted murder of Monica Ganova at North Circular Road, Dublin 7, on July 12th, 2010.
The court heard Mr Gano, who was suffering from schizophrenia at the time, stabbed his estranged wife, with whom he had eight children.
Mr Gano, who is originally from Slovakia and had previously worked as a builder, had also pleaded not guilty to intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Ms Ganova at the same place and on the same date.
The jury of six men and six women returned a unanimous verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity on both counts following the day-long trial.
Mr Gano has been committed to the Central Mental Hospital, where he was being detained previously, for assessment of whether he is in need of further care.