Melbourne, Apr 28 (ANI): A man has said that a "head alien" ordered him to crash his car into another vehicle in 2004, which led to the killing of a Gold Coast grandfather.
However, government prosecutors said Damian Amos was simply drunk.
According to the Gold Coast Bulletin, during the opening day of his trial in Southport District Court, the 32-year-old pleaded not guilty, on the grounds of insanity, to the dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, causing death.
The court heard how Amos had a history of paranoid schizophrenia and had not taken his medication the morning of October 9, 2004, when his car, travelling at 140km/h (87mph), rear-ended the hatchback of 58-year-old Keith Evenis in Queensland.
The massive impact shunted the hatchback forward 74m (243 feet.) into a tree.
It exploded in a fireball, instantly killing Evenis.
Defense barrister Angelo Vasta, QC, said that Amos's driving in the 70km/h (44mph) zone could only be described as "maniacal" but argued his client was not guilty.
He insisted that Amos should not be held criminally responsible as he had suffered a psychotic episode while driving and "lacked capacity to control his actions."
A document of facts was presented in the court, which stated that the traffic accident happened shortly after Amos had been ejected from a local golf club for hitting balls at other golfers.
Vasta said his client left and was driving when he had a psychotic episode and believed he heard instructions from a "head alien" to immediately return to his Broadbeach Waters home, on Australia's eastern coast.
"The head alien told him he had to get home and he wanted to obey the command and he drove in a way that showed he was in control of the head alien," the Daily Telegraph quoted Vasta as saying.
His lawyer said that Amos had been treated for mental illness since 1999 but over the years had suffered psychotic episodes in which he communicated with alien figures and believed he had a microchip implanted in his brain. (ANI)