Peter Slipper... mental health issues
Peter Slipper... mental health issues

Peter Slipper wants mental health dealing for fraud case

FORMER Sunshine Coast MP and Speaker of Parliament Peter Slipper will ask a Canberra court to drop the fraud charges against him on mental health grounds.

Slipper's lawyer told the ACT Magistrates Court on Monday his client wished to be dealt with under a section of the Crimes Act reserved for those suffering mental illness.

Defence lawyer Trent Jones previously told the court his client had been in and out of mental health facilities for an unspecified period.

The law allows the courts to dismiss charges against a defendant who suffers from mental illness.

Chief Magistrate Lorraine Walker listed the hearing for June 25.

The date is five days before Slipper is expected to front the Federal Court over claims he sexually harassed his former aide James Ashby.

More on this story at Canberra Times