4 Mar 2009

Korean student in custody over teacher stabbing

5:11 pm on 4 March 2009

An international student has been remanded in custody for a psychiatric report over an attack on a teacher in Auckland.

Tae Won Chung, 17, of Korea, entered no plea in Auckland District Court to a charge of wounding David Warren, 49, with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Judge Christopher Field remanded the accused in custody and ordered him to reappear on 18 March.

Police opposed bail, saying Mr Chung was a potential flight risk and could contact witnesses.

The judge says he can not rule out Mr Chung being granted bail at some stage, but says much will depend on the views of Mr Warren, 49, who was attacked at Avondale College while teaching a Japanese class.

Mr Chung's lawyer had sought name and image suppression on the grounds that his mother was ill and did not know of the charges.

A Radio New Zealand reporter says the accused showed no emotion in court on Wednesday, keeping his head bowed and his hands clasped in front of his body.

His homestay mother wept in the public gallery alongside his brother and sister during his appearance.

A number of supporters also gathered, along with a representative of the Korean Consulate, who said the student's parents are on their way to New Zealand.