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Could accused murderer be deemed unfit to face charges?

A MAN charged with murdering his de-facto partner, June Wallis, has had his hearing date for Mental Health Court set for September 26, to determine if he is fit to face his charges.

Nathan Peter Norman Greenfield appeared in Hervey Bay Magistrates court via videolink on Thursday afternoon.

The man was charged with murder after June, 32, was found dead in her Pacific Haven home on March 22, 2015.

Greenfield's case was transferred to Mental Health Court due to his alleged health status.

The court heard that Greenfield had a hearing date in Mental Health Court for just over a week's time, which June's father had written about in a letter to the Magistrate.

June Wallis' family, including her father and her best friend, sat in the courtroom.

Police Prosecutor Senior Constable Donna Sperling said she understood a decision would be made "not long" after that.

If he was deemed unfit to stand trial, criminal proceedings would be discontinued, but in that scenario Greenfield would likely be detained under the Mental Health Act for a period to be decided by the courts.

Defence lawyer Daniel Ould from Morton & Morton represented Greenfield.

The court heard Greenfield's lawyer, Julie Gilfoyle, could not be contacted.

Mr Ould said Greenfield was making an application for legal aid, in order to organise his representation.

"We tried to contact her directly," Snr Const Sperling said.

"She has the full brief [of evidence], your honour." 

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell said a number of things needed to happen before the case could go any further.

"Mr Greenfield the reason why I adjourned the matter last week was because of concerns that your lawyer just can't be found," Mr Tatnell said.

"She's got the complete brief of evidence.

"The duty lawyer will contact legal aid so that if she can't or won't represent you, that you are represented.

"There is nothing more we can do in this court…before it is decided if the charges will continue or be discontinued."

Mr Tatnell adjourned the matter to 9am on October 13.

Topics:  court, crime, domestic violence, hervey bay, june wallis, mental health



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