Insanity option raised
The man accused of stabbing his wife to death in Taupo, Simon Harvey Frank, has entered a plea of not guilty to murder.
Frank, 56, appeared via Audio Visual Link at the High Court in Rotorua on Wednesday, where the plea was entered by defence lawyer Harry Edward.
Edward also revealed a psychiatric report on Frank had also been received.
‘‘It raises the issue of insanity and supports the view the defence of insanity is available to Mr Frank,’’ said Justice Sarah Katz.
Crown layer Amanda Gordon said a further independent psychiatric report would be sought.
Katz remanded Frank to the Henry Rongomau Bennett Centre, which provides inpatient care for people suffering with mental illness, until his next court appearance on September 27.
The murder charge stems from an incident on April 15 at Taupo when police launched a homicide investigation after a woman - later revealed to be Frank’s wife Petra Frank - died of stab wounds.
The Franks lived in Wellington, where Petra Frank, 58, was a kindergarten teacher.
She worked most recently at Pauatahanui Preschool, Porirua, where she was described as a respected and important person.
Petra Franks was stabbed while on holiday in Taupo.