Call for psychiatrists' reports as Bay man waits in jail
A HERVEY Bay man accused of stabbing his housemates in a frenzied attack has been in custody for almost five years without conviction - and will probably have to wait until next year before the case goes to trial.
Eric Roger Frederick Heuer was due to face trial in Brisbane Supreme Court this week but Justice George Fryberg said he was concerned about the man's mental state and adjourned the matter.
When the case was mentioned on Friday morning, the court heard the case had already been to the Mental Health Court and a finding had been made that Heuer was considered fit for trial.
Heuer's lawyers said they would now seek psychiatrists' reports to put before the court so the trial could go ahead at a later date.
Justice Glenn Martin said there was no room in January for the trial and set it down for priority listing for February next year.
Heuer is charged with two counts of attempted murder at Urangan on November 18, 2008, after allegedly stabbing both his housemates with a stainless steel kitchen knife.