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Knife frenzy accused in padded cell: court

AAP logoAAP 28/11/2016 Genevieve Gannon

A man charged over a daylight rampage at a Melbourne train station was so violent and unwell he had to be kept in a padded cell and could not be brought to his first court appearance.

Craig Joseph Hansen, 47, is accused of throwing four women onto tracks at Glenhuntly station on Sunday morning during a violent frenzy in which he is alleged to have assaulted five victims.

He punched one in the head and threatened to kill another, according to court documents.

The Carnegie man has a significant history with Melbourne's Thomas Embling Hospital and a 17-page psychological history on the court file, the Melbourne Magistrates Court heard on Monday.

Hansen is charged with attempted murder, recklessly causing serious injury, affray and making threats to kill.

A court advice officer, Bob Allen, said the man was "extremely violent" and "very unwell".

"He's currently in a padded cell," Mr Allen said.

He also faces charges of dragging and throwing a victim in a train pit and placing that person in danger of death.

Police have previously said one of the women Hansen allegedly threw onto rail tracks was in her 80s.

Mr Allen asked Magistrate Jelena Popovic to adjourn the matter for three weeks, saying a week would not be long enough for Hansen to recover to face court.

"He chose to go off his meds," Mr Allen said.

"Whether he chooses to go back on them is another matter."

Ms Popovic adjourned the filing hearing for one week, saying she only had the power to adjourn this type of case for seven days.

"At least it gives him the chance to be represented," she said.

Ms Popovic said she would usually make an effort to see accused people in their padded cell.

"Given how unwell he is, that would not be a sensible position," she said.

The matter will come back to court on December 5.

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