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Murder/Manslaughter

Defence lawyer Matthew Goodwin appearing at Auckland High Court for the sentencing of his client convicted of murdering pensioner says a judge's call for a review of his mental health care should be irrefutable.

Under cross examination Matthew Goodwin asked the director of acute mental health unit why their client was not kept as a patient for longer when just three days after his release he kills someone.

That's the question jurors will have to grapple with when they decide whether the defendant is guilty of murdering a pensioner in September last year.

 

His counsel, led by Annabel Cresswell, are seeking a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity
for the man who changed his name to a Hebrew name translated literally to "hand or messenger of God".

Defence lawyer Annabel Cresswell told the jury her client was suffering from schizophrenia and psychosis at the time of the killing.

Man accused of murdering 69 year old, entered a plea of not guilty to the charge of murder in the High Court in Auckland, with his lawyer Annabel Cresswell adding that this was by way of insanity.

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