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Fatal stabbing accused keeps name secret

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 31/03/2016

The woman found not guilty by reason of insanity of a fatal stabbing attack in Wellington will keep her name secret.

The 26-year-old, who suffers from a schizoaffective disorder, faced five charges, including one of murder, following what was described as a "rampage" in the suburb of Johnsonville last July.

A 67-year-old man died after the attack while the four other victims were a nine-year-old boy and three women.

Following submissions by lawyers and psychiatrists, Justice David Collins found her not guilty by reason of insanity on all five charges earlier this month.

In a decision on Thursday, Justice Collins also granted the woman permanent name suppression.

He also suppressed the names of the victims and the woman's relationship with them.

Earlier this month, the court was told the woman suffered from paranoid delusions, believed people were trying to hurt or poison her, heard voices criticising her and telling her to do things, the court heard.

At the time of the attack she had not taken her medication for three months and was in a psychotic state.

On the day of the attacks, she had been taken to see her GP, who she attacked when he tried to get her to take her medication.

She was then sent to the emergency department at Wellington Hospital and released from there - just hours before the attack - because they believed she had taken her pills.

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