21 Sep 2018

Man accused of fatal stabbing remanded in forensic unit

4:16 pm on 21 September 2018

A man accused of fatally stabbing an Upper Hutt man has been remanded to a psychiatric hospital to be assessed.

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Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller

The 37-year-old appeared in the Hutt Valley District Court this morning and was granted interim name suppression.

Emergency services were called to a Golders Road property in the Upper Hutt suburb of Elderslea shortly before 4.30pm yesterday but could not save the injured man.

Court documents named the victim as Glen Collins, although police said formal identification process had not been completed.

The accused was barefoot when he appeared in court, and was wearing a tear-proof gown.

He spent most of the hearing staring at the floor.

His lawyer, Kerry O'Brien, told Judge Jan Kelly there were concerns about the man's mental health and a place was available for him at the Purehurehu Forensic Inpatient unit at Porirua Hospital.

The judge ordered he be held there for assessment of his fitness to stand trial.

The accused will appear in the High Court next month.