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