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Accused man found not guilty
It is oddly comforting to know that legal dim-wittedness is not confined to British courts.
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It does seem a very strange story. Is it actually true or is there more that has not been reported ?
I don't beleive it, so it must be made up!
And anyone who suffers from epilepsy should also be locked up in case they one day decide to drive.
Anyone who smokes (people choose to risk heart attacks, cancer, blindness, amputation of limbs for a quick high - you couldn't mek it up) should also be locked up for their own good (as 40% of fires are caused by cigarettes).
Anyone who suffers from depression (really you think things are that bad - you couldn't make it up) should just be told to 'snap out of it'.
Lock them up quick!
How can you possibly say that someone like this can walk the streets raping whenever his mind makes him.
Eplilepsy is not the same, they dont go round hurting others, and you do loose your licence if epileptic. I know it happened to my brother.
I'm sure if he attacked you, your wife or mother you would think differently.
Of course if his problem can be controlled - no problem, control it and he can mix with society.
Er.. youngmafbog, I'm pretty sure oneeyedvic got what you meant. I think what he's trying to say, just a teeny bit sarcastically, is that you can't go round locking people up without looking at the bigger picture.
However, you are completely correct that if he knew he had this condition, it is his responsibility to ensure that he is not a danger to others.
I understand that some people may find it hard to believe in such a condition, I honestly don't know anything about it so couldn't really comment although i'll admit it sounds a little far fetched, but that could have been said about a number of conditions before they are properly understood.
"how can I say that someone like this can walk the streets raping whenever his mind makes him"
Simple - I didn't.
"I'm sure if he attacked you, your wife or mother..."
This is a ridiculous argument - which is why we have laws in this country and not anarchy. Yes I am sure I would - but then I would also feel the same if someone ran over my wife or mother - should we lock up anyone who goes 1mph over the speed limit?
How about we lock all AIDS sufferers up as they may have a cut in the street and infect someone else.
As for the expert being a fool. Did the expert state the man was not a danger ? If so I'll certainly write to him. However I suspect he just quoted his research without saying guilty or not guilty.
My point of view is very simple: I was not in court, I did not see or hear testimony from any of the people (including the specialist). I have not read any of his research papers (and can't say I'm inclined to unless I start suffering from insomnia).
There are very few 'sensible' sources that are giving unbiased viewpoints, so it is difficult to make a call.
I am simply pointing out, that just because somthing is not 'normal' and may only affect a minority of people, it does not make it non existant.
The majority of answers (and indeed the question) seem to ridicule the notion that someone can suffer from such an affliction.
Without knowing what can be done (the link I posted suggested psychotherapy can be beneficial) it is impossible to say that he should be locked up.
If you consider the story from the initial link and also some of the previous viewpoints. This man went to a bar met a lady and invited her back with him. Acted the gentleman and offered her his sofa while he slept upstairs!
Does anyone else not feel that this man, sexomnia condition or not, should not have set up a situation where he was free to assualt the lady and get away with it!