Murder accused in court

A MAN accused of killing his mother at Yamba on Friday was yesterday remanded in custody to appear in the Grafton Local Court on March 7 on a charge of murder.

Joshua Francis Green, 30, from New Zealand, is accused of killing the woman, whose name has not been released, in a unit in Ager Street.

The court has been told the woman was stabbed in the chest with a knife a number of times.

The court has been told in a statement of police evidence that Green, single, had been a recent patient at the Richmond Clinic in Lismore. He had been diagnosed with schizophrenia three years ago. He lived off sickness benefits.

For the past month he had been living with his mother at Yamba.

Police told the court that on Friday afternoon, Green and his mother had been sitting in the lounge room of her ground-floor unit watching television, before deciding they would go fishing at the beach.

She had gone to her bedroom to change while he went to have a cigarette.

Green had later told police that he feared for his safety as his mother had been looking at him strangely. Green had said he thought she was going to kill him by headbutting him.

Green had told police he went to the kitchen and selected a paring-style short-handled knife from a drawer. He had walked into his mother's bedroom, confronted her and allegedly stabbed her eight to 10 times around and in the heart area.

Green had told police his mother had fallen to the floor.

He had walked back to the kitchen, washed the knife and returned it to the drawer.

Green had then placed his mother in a wheelie bin and rolled it outside into a line-up of other bins.

Green said he had placed rubbish from the other bins on top of his mother's body.

He had cleaned the bedroom floor and the hallway with a wet mop, had changed his shirt and had a shower, before smoking a number of cigarettes.

Green had then climbed the stairs to a neighbour's apartment and spoken to a man. Green and the man had walked downstairs to investigate.

The man inspected the bin but had not seen the body, as it was covered by rubbish.

The man had returned to his apartment.

Green had called the emergency operator and allegedly confessed he had murdered his mother by stabbing her and that he had put her body in a bin.

Police had gone to the unit and found the body in the bin.

A crime scene was established and specialist police called in.

Green had been interviewed at Yamba Police Station by police, where he allegedly made a full confession.

He had also told police he was taking his medication on a regular basis. On Friday he had taken Solian tablets, in the morning and after the alleged murder.

Green did not apply for bail in the Grafton court yesterday.

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