A MAN charged with the attempted stabbing murder of an associate in a Tamworth street will stand trial, despite not entering a plea to the charges.
Aubrey Michael Flick was committed for trial in Tamworth Local Court on Wednesday after Magistrate Roger Prowse refused further requests for an adjournment.
Legal Aid solicitor Rae Parker said she and the public defender had not completed specialist legal “advices” for her client because it was “dependent on his assessment” with a forensic psychiatrist.
“That assessment won’t take place until the end of the month,” she said.
Mr Prowse said there was nothing that he would say that would stop Flick being assessed but the matter had to proceed, and the assessments would still occur, while a trial date is found.
Flick, who is being held in the maximum security wing of Cessnock prison, is charged with attempting to kill a 38-year-old man in Sue Cr, Coledale, on August 17, last year.
Police allege Flick stabbed the man, who was known to him, in the torso, shoulder, hands and leg areas.
Flick is also charged with assaulting a police officer in the execution of his duty during his arrest.
Flick did not enter a plea to attempted murder or causing wounding with intent to murder, and the charge of assaulting police will be dealt with after the more serious charges at trial.
Crown solicitor Mark Ferguson tendered a brief of evidence, more than an inch thick, containing doctors statements and medical records to the court on Wednesday.
Mr Prowse said based on the evidence before him “a properly instructed jury” could convict him of an indictable offence.
Flick was asked if he wanted to say anything to the charges, give any evidence or call any witnesses, to which he replied, “nah”.
Mr Prowse committed Flick for trial to the district court with a trial date to be fixed after a mention of the case in March.
Flick made no application for bail and will remain in custody.