Patrice Dougan

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Son accused of murdering mother

Police at the scene of the property on Takahe Road, Titirangi, West Auckland. Photo / NZ Herald
Police at the scene of the property on Takahe Road, Titirangi, West Auckland. Photo / NZ Herald

The Auckland man accused of murdering his mother and attempting to murder his father can now be named.

Max Allen McGowan, who turns 35 on Saturday, has been charged with the murder of his mother, June Gainsfield McGowan, and attempted murder of his father Stephen Charles McGowan.

The charges are in relation to a stabbing incident on September 11 in the couple's home in Titirangi.

An interim suppression order preventing publication of McGowan and his parents' names was lifted when he appeared in the High Court at Auckland this morning.

At a previous appearance McGowan was remanded to undergo psychiatric assessment.

He will appear again in the High Court in November.

- NZ Herald

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