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A mentally unwell man, subject to compulsory treatment, has lost his temporary motel spot to garden festivalgoers and faces life back on the streets, a court heard on Thursday.
Tari Jamie Phillips, who is homeless, appeared in the New Plymouth District Court, where it was expected he would enter pleas to several charges, which include threats to kill and resisting police.
However, defence lawyer Nathan Bourke advised the second mental health report required for his client had yet to be furnished.
Bourke’s ongoing frustration over Phillips’ plight was palpable, and he described the situation as a “bloody shambles”.
He said the first mental health report had been based on wrong information, and had not canvassed the issue of insanity, despite it referencing Phillips’ active symptoms, which included delusions.