Australian True Crime


A victim’s perspective of the mental impairment defence

Season 1, Ep. 276

David Cammarata’s childhood best friend is currently a forensic patient in a secure psychiatric facility. He was found not guilty of the machete murder of his own brother at a suburban shopping centre and of stalking and attempting to murder David, because the judge believed he was suffering from severe mental illness when he committed the offences.

David and his family were terrorised for years before his former friend Jonathan was apprehended. Now he lives in fear that he’ll one day be released. 


David’s former best friend, the best man at his wedding is a man by the name of Jonathan Dick. 

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Host: Meshel Laurie. You can find her on Instagram 

Co-Host: Emily Webb. You can find her on Instagram here and listen to her podcast Killer Content here. 

Guest: David Cammarata

Producer/Editor: Matthew Tankard

Executive Producer: Jacqueline Tonks

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