Man accused of murdering wife to undergo psychiatric tests
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A man accused of the murder of his wife in her own home in Norfolk is to undergo psychiatric tests ahead of his trial.
Rafal Winiarski, 40, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Malgorzata Lechanska, 37, whose body was found at their home in Lake Close, Shipdham, on August 1 last year.
Winiarski had been due to stand trial this week but his defence team sought to vacate the trial citing the need to make further enquiries in relation to his mental health, among other issues.
At a hearing on Norwich Crown Court on Tuesday (July 26) Lori Tucker, defending, said he had now agreed to undergo a psychiatrist assessment.
Adjourning the case, Judge Alice Robinson told Winiarski through a Polish interpreter: “The purpose of that is to explore if you have a medical defence to the charge, so it is in your best interest to cooperate.”