A WINSFORD man accused of murdering his father has appeared at Chester Crown Court.
Michael Gooley, 21, was brought before the court from a medium secure unit in York where he is currently being assessed concerning his mental state.
Prosecutor Robin Spencer QC explained that Gooley, currently on medication for his mental problems, is being assessed to see if he is fit to enter a plea to the charge.
He told the court that Gooley's condition was improving but his mental state 'could fluctuate,' meaning he could be unfit to face trial.
Gooley is charged with the murder of his 40-year-old father Alan Gooley, who died after an alleged attack at his home in Bradbury Road, Winsford, on August 16.
He had managed to stagger into a neighbour's garden, suffering severe bleeding from a deep wound to his chest, but paramedics could not save him.
The Recorder of Chester Judge Elgan Edwards extended the custody time limit to allow Gooley to remain at the hospital in York until his next appearance before the court on July 20. Gooley was living in Staffordshire at the time of his arrest after the incident which shocked people living in the Wharton area.