| 02.12,19. 06:31 PM |
Man accused of Balmain case worker murder denied bail
A man accused of murdering his mental health case worker will remain behind bars until after Christmas.
Peter John Kemball, 40, is accused of murdering his 62-year-old community health nurse Stephen James Douglas at Balmain East on Thursday.
Mr Douglas was visiting Kemball at his home when police allege he was fatally stabbed.
"Can I call for a mistrial?" Kemball asked when he appeared at Central Local Court via video link today.
"Can I plead?"
The judge questioned the accused on whether he was receiving treatment for his mental health, and if he was on any medication.
The 40-year-old mumbled at times throughout today's court appearance, as he answered questions.
He represented himself and no family members were present in court.
The court had earlier been told a legal aid lawyer had been unable to obtain instructions from the accused man and therefore was unable to represent him.
"I believe he's too unwell to instruct me or understand proceedings," the lawyer said.
A legal aid lawyer said the situation "was much the same today".
When asked if there was anything else he'd like to know; Kemball simply replied: "bail?"
He was refused bail and will reappear in court on January 28, 2020.