Accused killer unfit for trial

Last updated 10:36 06/08/2014

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A 70-year-old man accused of killing a fellow pensioner has been declared unfit to stand trial due to dementia.

Zijad Garibovic was accused of murdering Roy Eric Lowe, 77, at his Housing New Zealand flat on Merton Rd, St Johns, Auckland, in April.

Garibovic's case was called in the High Court at Auckland today but the accused was excused from attending.

Justice Graham Lang said reports from psychiatrists and doctors clearly indicated that Garibovic was unfit to stand trial.

An "advanced form of dementia" meant he could no longer understand the proceedings or instruct his lawyer, the judge said.

Garibovic would not stand trial unless he recovered though medical evidence suggested that would never happen, Justice Lang said.

He ordered that Garibovic be detained at the Mason Clinic.

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