Woman charged

04:11, Sep 10 2013

An Invercargill woman has been charged with attempted murder of a baby and remanded to the mental health ward of the Wakari Hospital in Dunedin.

The woman, who has interim name suppression, appeared before Judge Kevin Phillips in the Invercargill District Court this afternoon for provisions of the Criminal Procedure (Mentally Impaired Persons) Act to be engaged.

The woman is charged with attempted murder on September 2.

She had earlier been supported by two people, a man and a woman.

At least one police detective sat in the public gallery.

Her lawyer Tim Fournier applied for interim name suppression ''until her mental state and ongoing health is known''.

Judge Phillips granted the interim order until September 24.

He also ordered a report in terms of section 38(2)(c) of the Criminal Procedure (Mentally Impaired Persons) Act.

That section allows the court to order a person to be detained in a hospital or secure facility for the purpose of a mental health assessment.

The woman has been remanded to the High Court in Invercargill on September 24.


The Southland Times