A man who lost his wife to cancer has been granted a restraining order against his former wife.
The man, whose name has not been revealed, said he had been living with his wife of 23 years for more than a year when he lost his appetite.
He said he was forced to stay in a psychiatric ward for the next eight months, when he had to turn to alcohol and drugs to cope with the grief and suffering of the family.
He claimed he was in a bad state of mind when he first began taking medication and medication to deal with the stress of his wife’s death.
The family had been struggling to support themselves and their four children while their youngest was growing up.
The court heard the man’s mental state was so bad he was unable to attend court, which meant he had no right to appeal.
His wife was a keen gardener and a mother of five who worked for the state and for a charity which helps the elderly and disabled.
The woman had been on the autism spectrum, which can affect mood, social skills and thinking.
She had also lost a lot of weight and was suffering from depression and anxiety.
She died in her sleep at her home in the Brisbane suburb of St Clair on July 4, 2016.
“The court is satisfied the husband was in the state of depression when he was taking the medication and drugs, he was not a good man,” Justice James Tarrant said.
“He was an emotionally fragile individual who was vulnerable to the stress caused by his wife dying.”
That is the reason why the order was entered.
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