A MAN accused of murdering his father at Maryland will rely on a defence of mental illness when he faces a trial in Newcastle Supreme Court sometime next year.
Jacob Zdrevkovic, 22, of Delray Court, Maryland, appeared in Newcastle Local Court via audio visual link from jail on Wednesday where he was committed for trial on a charge of murder.
“A defence of mental illness is relied upon in the Supreme Court,” Public Defender Peter Krisenthal told Magistrate David Price.
The matter was adjourned to Sydney Supreme Court on December 7 when Mr Zdrevkovic will be arraigned and get a trial date at Newcastle Supreme Court sometime in 2019. The younger Zdrevkovic is accused of stabbing his father, 52-year-old Zoran Zdrevkovic, a total of five times in the head and torso during an argument outside their home in Delray Court between 9.10pm and 9.15pm on December 6, 2017. The cause of death was a stab wound to the heart.
Zoran also suffered a number of superficial wounds and despite the assistance of two off-duty nurses, could not be revived.
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