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R v Church [2019] NZHC 2543

07 October 2019


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Involvement and disposition hearing for defendant found unfit to stand trial on a charge of murdering his father. The available material is sufficient to establish the defendant, on the balance of probabilities, caused his father's death. His treatment-resistant schizophrenia and intellectual disability presents both immediate and longer-term risks to himself and the public. The public needs to be protected, and the defendant requires comprehensive management and treatment. An order is made to detain the defendant in a hospital as a special patient under the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992.

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