In­san­ity hear­ing

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An Auck­land man charged with mur­der­ing his flat­mate will go to a hear­ing to con­vince a judge he was legally in­sane at the time of the killing. Ge­of­frey Tampin ap­peared in the High Court at Auck­land on Wed­nes­day charged with mur­der­ing Dean Clark on June 27, 2012, five days af­ter Mr Clark of­fered him a place to live at his flat in Bal­moral. Jus­tice Ti­mothy Brewer said both Crown and de­fence psy­chi­a­trists had de­ter­mined Tampin was suf­fer­ing from a ‘‘dis­ease of the mind’’ at the time of the killing. At an ear­lier court ap­pear­ance in June, Tampin’s lawyer said a psy­chi­atric re­port had di­ag­nosed him as a para­noid schiz­o­phrenic ‘‘in the midst of a psy­chotic re­lapse’’. The fi­nal step was for a judge to be con­vinced of the same, Jus­tice Brewer said. A hear­ing was set down for Oc­to­ber in which the psy­chi­atric re­ports will be pre­sented to a judge. Tampin was re­manded to the Ma­son Clinic, a foren­sic and psy­chi­atric fa­cil­ity in Pt Chevalier.

– Fair­fax Me­dia

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