BOP murder accused seeks insanity defence

A 27-year-old man accused of murdering Bay of Plenty woman Robyn Crawford last month has had an intimated plea of not guilty entered against him.

Hosea Gerrard-Collier's lawyer Gene Tomlinson told the Hight Court at Tauranga on Wednesday his client was not in a position to formally enter a plea, and was seeking legal aid to pursue a defence of insanity.

Crawford's body was discovered following an alleged domestic incident on February 19 at a residential property near central Opotiki. The victim had suffered stab wounds.

Justice Sarah Katz sought a psychiatric report into Gerrard-Collier health and further him remanded in custody until his next court appearance on May 23.

A trial date has been set down for March 4 next year which will run for an estimated two weeks.