Accused killer insane at time, court hears

Last updated 09:43 27/11/2013

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A man accused of murdering his mother and attempting to murder his father was insane at the time of the crimes, a psychiatrist has found.

Max Allen McGowan, 34, is alleged to have stabbed both of his parents at their home in Takahe Rd, Titirangi, on the night of September 11.

His mother June Gainsford McGowan died at the scene, and his father Steve McGowan was critically injured but survived. He was released from hospital last week.

At his initial appearance in Waitakere District Court, the day after the incident, the accused was sent to the Mason clinic, a specialist psychiatric facility.

In the High Court in Auckland today, Justice Timothy Brewer was told a psychiatrist had evaluated Max McGowan and found that he was insane at the time of the incident.

The Crown will now commission their own independent report and, if that agrees McGowan was insane, a judge will assess the reports in a hearing on March 27.

Max McGowan, was remanded in custody to the Mason Clinic.

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