The Queensland Government has ordered an independent external investigation into the mental health treatment given to the man accused of killing a Brisbane bus driver last week.
Anthony Mark Edward O’Donohue, 48, has been charged with the murder of Manmeet Alisher, who police say was set on fire with an accelerant on Friday while picking up passengers at a Moorooka bus stop.
Today, Health Minister Cameron Dick said O’Donohue had previously received public mental health treatment from the Metro South Hospital and Health Service He also announced an independent investigation regarding O’Donohue’s treatment, to be conducted by forensic psychiatrist Professor Paul Mullen. “Because it’s important where there are very serious incidents like this there be an independent review,” Mr Dick said.
He said the investigation would be completed within eight weeks. “To the extent possible, any findings and recommendations of this investigation will be released publicly,” Mr Dick said. “Queensland Health will also assist with any investigation or inquiry conducted by the Queensland Police Service and State Coroner in relation to this incident.”
Metro South Hospital and Health Service will also conduct a mandatory review of the treatment and services provided to O’Donohue. O’Donohue has also been charged with arson and 11 counts of attempted murder. He is due to appear in court again next month.
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