Murder trial hears psychiatric evidence

The opening day of the trial of a man charged with a 2014 murder at Dubbo has heard psychiatric evidence about the accused.
Nanjing Night Net

The 44-year-old man pleaded not guilty in the Supreme Court of NSW sitting at Dubbo on Wednesday afternoon.

He is facing a judge-alone trial before Justice Michael Adams for the murder of George Friar Cornell on November 9 at Dubbo.

Crown Prosecutor Liam Shaw tendered a statement of agreed facts and read from them to the court.

The court heard that on November 7, 2014 the accused was living in a Department of Housing complex in Macquarie Street and that Mr Cornell lived in the same complex.

About 11.30pm police were called to the complex to reports of a male having been assaulted and it was the accused who made the call, the court heard.

Mr Cornell was taken to Dubbo Hospital and was diagnosed with multiple factures.

The accused was arrested at the scene.

Mr Cornell was pronounced dead at 3.45am on November 9 and the cause of death was determined as head injuries caused by blunt force trauma, the court heard.

Psychiatrist Dr Olav Nielssen was sworn in on Wednesday and gave evidence to the court about the accused.

When asked by Justice Adams if there was an extensive history Dr Nielssen said there was.

The onset of psychosis happened about 10 years ago but the accused had an accident aged 18 and had had a long history of deliberate self-harm before he was diagnosed with schizophrenia, Dr Nielssen told the court.

The matter was adjourned until Thursday.

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