Wife of man accused of murdering infant son says way husband treated is ‘beyond cruel’

Yusif Ali Abdi charged with killing child in Clane 18 years ago

Yusif Ali Abdi who denies murdering  his 20 month old son  in 2001. File Photograph: Collins

Yusif Ali Abdi who denies murdering his 20 month old son in 2001. File Photograph: Collins

The wife of a man whose conviction for murdering their infant son was quashed after he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia 10 years later has told a jury that the way her husband has been treated is “beyond cruel” and no one deserves to suffer in the way he has.

The Central Criminal Court trial also heard on Tuesday that a psychiatrist who gave evidence at the 2003 trial that the accused – who subsequently spent 16 years in jail – was not suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, now thinks that the man displayed early signs of the mental condition at the time.

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