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Man charged with murder after fatal stabbing in Upper Hutt

News from NZ Police
The man who was arrested following a fatal stabbing on Golders Road in Upper Hutt yesterday afternoon has been charged with murder. The 37-year-old will appear in Hutt Valley District Court this morning.

Police believe this was an isolated incident and are not looking for anyone else.

A scene examination on Golders Road will continue this morning.

Report from RNZ
A man accused of fatally stabbing an Upper Hutt man has been remanded to a psychiatric hospital to be assessed.

The 37-year-old appeared in the Hutt Valley District Court this morning and was granted interim name suppression.

Emergency services were called to a Golders Road property in the Upper Hutt suburb of Elderslea shortly before 4.30pm yesterday but could not save the injured man. Court documents named the victim as Glen Collins, although police said formal identification process had not been completed.

The accused was barefoot when he appeared in court, and was wearing a tear-proof gown. He spent most of the hearing staring at the floor.

His lawyer, Kerry O’Brien, told Judge Jan Kelly there were concerns about the man’s mental health and a place was available for him at the Purehurehu Forensic Inpatient unit at Porirua Hospital. The judge ordered he be held there for assessment of his fitness to stand trial.

The accused will appear in the High Court next month.

News from NZ Police – September 20
Emergency services were called to Golders Road in Upper Hutt shortly before 4:30pm this afternoon after reports a man had been stabbed. Despite efforts to revive him, the man was pronounced dead at the scene. Police arrested a male at a nearby address for assault.

A scene guard is in place at Golders Road and Police have begun a homicide investigation.

The police investigation continues, but there is not thought to be any risk to the public.