Flatmate murder accused faces psych test

IAN STEWARD
Last updated 09:35 13/02/2013

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A man charged with murdering his flatmate Dean Clark will undergo psychiatric testing to determine whether he is fit to stand trial.

Clark was found dead in his flat in Balmoral, Auckland, on June 27 - five days after offering Geoffrey Tampin a place to live.

Tampin, 38, appeared in the High Court at Auckland today where he was remanded without plea until March 27.

Tampin stood quietly in the dock with his hands behind his back. He was dressed in a lime green shirt and tan jacket with his light brown hair pulled back in a ponytail.

His lawyer said psychiatric reports were required and it would take some weeks to get those arranged.

An earlier psychiatric report had diagnosed him as a paranoid schizophrenic "in the midst of a psychotic relapse". 

Clark's neighbour said she had seen the accused acting strangely and talking to himself in the days before the death.

The woman said Clark had lived in the flat for about two years. She described Clark as "gentle-natured and really friendly".

Tampin has been staying at the Mason Clinic, a forensic and psychiatric facility in Auckland. His psychiatrist asked that he be further remanded there for six to eight weeks so he can continue treatment and assessments on whether he's fit to plead and stand trial. 

He was remanded to the Mason Clinic to reappear on March 27. 

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