A man charged with the murder of a 69-year-old man found in the stairwell of an Auckland block of flats, has pleaded not guilty.
Gabriel Hikari Yad-Elohim, 29, appeared before Justice Sarah Katz this morning in the High Court at Auckland. A psychiatric assessment was ordered to determine Yad-Elohim's fitness to stand trial.
Yad-Elohim, whose name suppression lapsed today, was remanded in custody to appear again on November 8 when the medical reports will be reviewed.
Michael David Mulholland, 69, was found in the stairwell atthe Western Springs flats where he lived, on September 26.
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Police were called to the flats on Great North Rd at 11pm.
Detective Inspector Scott Beard said Mulholland had suffered a violent attack.
Yad-Elohim was arrested in central Auckland the following day.
Neighbour Samantha Saia earlier told the Herald that Mulholland, whom she knew as "Mike", was a nice, friendly man.
"It's just so sad," she said.
Saia added that Mulholland lived alone, but had regular visitors.