A mass-murderer has blown the whistle on a double-dealing prison psychiatrist. Paulo Silva was sentenced to 25 years behind bars after gunning down four members of his family in a frenzy last year.
He had hoped that a “clandestine” report that he had commissioned for €7,000 from the “well-respected” psychiatrist while awaiting trial on remand would somehow save him from the maximum jail term, explain newspaper reports.
But as soon as he realised that it hadn’t, he began considering revenge. For a start, he wanted the €7,000 back.
Presumably, there was some reluctance on the part of the psychiatrist – described by Jornal de Notícias as a “specialist in drug dependence” who also gives university lectures – as he only seems to have returned the money once Silva ‘denounced’ him to the authorities.
But the fact that the money has been returned does not seem to be working in the psychiatrist’s favour.
Reports claim he has been removed from his post at the prison and, alongside an internal inquiry, the case has been passed to regional prison authorities, the doctors association and the law society (Ordem dos Médicos).
The man faces prosecution for “the crime of receiving unfair advantage”, writes JN.
The issue centres on the fact that psychiatrists working at State prisons cannot undertake ‘private commissions’ for prisoners – and reports should be signed off by two health professionals, not one.
It is unclear, however, what kind of mitigating circumstances Silva was hoping would win him a reduced sentence.