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Mental evaluation for Chch rampage-accused
3News NZ
Thursday, March 29, 2012

A 27-year-old man accused of stabbing two people in Christchurch before he was shot by police is undergoing psychiatric evaluation.

The man did not appear in Christchurch District Court on Thursday as his lawyer said he was still too unwell to attend, the Christchurch Court News website reported.

Judge David Saunders reluctantly continued his name suppression, the website said.

The original suppression was granted during a special court sitting at Christchurch Hospital, where he was recovering from gunshot wounds after being shot twice in the arm by police on March 15.

Psychiatric hospital Hillmorton had asked for his court appearance to be excused because of his medical condition.

His next court date is April 12.

The man, from Somalia, is charged with attempting to murder a council worker, injuring Christchurch woman Marlene Robin with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, kidnapping both Ms Robin and the council worker, and possessing a knife without lawful excuse.


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