27 Nov 2013

Court checks sanity of murder accused

3:35 pm on 27 November 2013

A psychiatrist says that a man accused of murdering a woman and seriously injuring her husband was insane at the time.

Max Allen McGowan's case was called on Wednesday in the High Court at Auckland, where Justice Brewer said the psychiatrist working for the defence had made the finding, but a second psychiatrist for the Crown would also be needed.

He said if both medical professionals agree, Mr McGowan will enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

McGowan has been remanded until March to the Mason Clinic.

Police found Mr McGowan hours after the body of a woman was discovered in a Titirangi home two weeks ago.

Her husband was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.