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Murder accused in 'drug-induced psychosis'

AAP logoAAP 16/11/2016 Margaret Scheikowski

A man was suffering from a drug-induced psychosis when he killed a friend whose partially decomposed remains were found in his car boot, a jury has been told.

Psychiatrist Yvonne Skinner said Zhen Fang gave an account of auditory hallucinations and delusions caused by the toxic effects of the drug ice.

When a dazed and confused Fang went to police admitting he killed someone, no drugs were found in his system but Dr Skinner said ice was very quickly eliminated from the body.

The 38-year-old has pleaded not guilty in the NSW Supreme Court to murdering Ting Huang whose body was found near Rookwood cemetery in Lidcombe on September 21 2014, 10 days after Fang went to police.

The charge says he murdered Mr Huang, who came from the same Chinese province as Fang, between August 31 and September 11.

The question for the jury is whether his mental state at the time meant his culpability was reduced to manslaughter.

Mr Huang had multiple stab wounds and high levels of methamphetamine in his body.

Dr Skinner said Fang gave a history of having used ice for about 12 months, saying that from July 2014 he knew "things were not right".

He told the psychiatrist he heard voices on the radio, speaking in Mandarin, telling him they "had control of his fate" and that someone would hurt him or kill his family members.

Around the same time, he said Mr Huang told him he was about to lose everything due to his marriage breaking up and that Mr Huang would like to kill his in-laws.

Fang told the psychiatrist that his friend said that this must be kept a secret, and this had scared him.

Fang reported avoiding his friend but ran into him in August/September when the in-laws were mentioned, leading to an argument and them taking a lot of ice.

"A few days later Mr Fang woke and found himself at home," Dr Skinner said.

"He thought he had done something wrong.

"He told his wife he wanted to go to the police."

Dr Skinner said Fang did not display any signs of suffering from any mental disorder and told her it took about a year to overcome the effects of ice.

In her opinion, Fang was suffering from a drug-induced psychosis at the time and his ability to understand what was happening would have been impaired.

The trial is continuing.

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