The man accused of murdering Epsom couple Herman and Elizabeth Bangera has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
The accused was also charged with the attempted murder of a third person after the fatal stabbings on March 19.
Today in the High Court at Auckland he appeared by audiovisual link from a psychiatric clinic.
The man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, sat at a desk, and wrote a few notes down when his next court dates were read out.
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A trial is scheduled to start on April 26 next year, lasting three weeks.
He has name suppression and will have a case review on August 5.
The man was remanded in custody at a psychiatric clinic after the central Auckland homicide.