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More assessment for Taupo murder accused

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/06/2017
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A psychiatrist needs more time to see if the man accused of murdering his wife at Taupo over Easter is fit to enter a plea.

Simon Harvey Frank, 56, a Wellington business analyst, is charged with fatally stabbing Petra Frank on Easter Saturday, April 15.

He appeared via video link in the High Court at Rotorua on Wednesday.

His lawyer Harry Edward said Frank's psychiatrist needed at least a further six weeks to prepare a report on whether he was mentally fit to plead to the charge.

Crown prosecutor Ngaroma Tahana indicated after that report is received the Crown may look at engaging its own psychiatric expert.

Justice Sarah Katz further remanded Frank to August 9. He is to remain in Hamilton's Henry Bennett psychiatric centre until then.

She continued the suppression order covering the summary of facts of the case.

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