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.

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