Korean accused is being mentally assessed

A Korean national accused of stalking a Palmerston North woman is still being assessed to see if he is mentally fit to plea.

The 35-year-old man, who has interim name suppression, was not required to appear in the Palmerston North District Court yesterday when his case was called.

He is accused of harassing and intimidating a Palmerston North woman on Broadway Ave earlier this year.

He is also having issues with Immigration New Zealand around his visa, which is unrelated to his offending.

Defence lawyer Jacinda Younger said the man was still bailed to ward 21 at Palmerston North Hospital while being assessed.

While able to understand English, he needed an interpreter to express more complex ideas required for the assessment, she said.

He was only granted bail on the condition he stayed at ward 21, and Younger said he would be back in custody if he was let out of hospital.

The man was considered too much of a threat to the complainant for police to not oppose bail, she said.

The man was remanded by Judge David Smith until next month.

Manawatu Standard