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Murder/Manslaughter

Lester Cordwell, of Guardian Chambers fought hard in a recent High Court murder trial to get the jury discharged, due to the current social distancing requirements. The trial Judge disagreed.

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.

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