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Cy Walsh mentally incompetent, court told

AAP logoAAP 19/08/2016 By Michael Ramsey

The son of former Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh was mentally incompetent when he allegedly killed his father, prosecutors will concede.

The 27-year-old named Cy has pleaded not guilty to the stabbing murder of his father at the family home in Adelaide on July 3, 2015.

He faced the Supreme Court via videolink from the James Nash House secure psychiatric facility on Friday, clean shaven and wearing a green jumper.

Prosecutor Lucy Boord told the hearing the director of public prosecutions would concede Walsh was mentally incompetent when he allegedly killed his father.

She also indicated the DPP would make similar concessions to the objective elements of the case.

The court will reconvene for a half-day hearing on September 28 where a large number of suppression orders in relation to the case will also be reviewed.

Director of Public Prosecutions Adam Kimber SC later issued a statement confirming the prosecution would not oppose a court finding that Walsh was mentally incompetent at the time of his father's death.

"The prosecution's position has been reached after reviewing all relevant material gathered by SAPOL in the course of its investigation, the reports of the forensic psychiatrists who have examined Cy Walsh and following consultation with relevant parties," he said.

"I emphasise that no finding has yet been made by the court."

If Walsh is found not guilty of murder because of mental incompetence, the court will then consider setting a term of supervised detention under mental health provisions.

In an early appearance in the Adelaide Magistrates Court the possibility was raised of Walsh experiencing a drug-induced psychosis at the time of the alleged murder.

Phil Walsh, who was in his first year as senior coach of the Crows, died from multiple stab wounds, while his wife Meredith was taken to hospital and treated for a leg injury.

Walsh had joined the Crows after stints as an assistant coach at several other AFL clubs.

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