When he arrived in Australia, Henry faced the stresses of full-time study, working part-time, living in a new residence and adjusting to a different culture. He soon experienced a re-occurrence of his mental health issues.
One night Henry was arrested by police after wandering into a stranger’s garage. Confused and disoriented, Henry struggled with police, accidentally striking one of the officers. He was arrested and charged with a number of offences, before being hospitalised under the Western Australian Mental Health Act, 2014.
Henry’s aunt contacted a lawyer at the Mental Health Law Centre for assistance in his case. Lawyers at the Centre wrote to police asking that they discontinue the charges due to Henry’s mental state at the time of his offences. The police were reluctant to drop his charges and the matters were set to be reviewed under a specified legal hearing.