The man accused of murdering his mother and attempting to murder his father in west Auckland this month has been named.
Max Allen McGowan, 34, appeared in the High Court in Auckland today for the second time, where name suppression was lifted.
McGowan is alleged to have stabbed both his parents at their home in Takahe Rd, Titirangi, on the night of September 11.
His mother June Gainsford McGowan died at the scene. Father Steve McGowan was critically injured but survived. He was released from hospital last week.
At his initial appearance in Waitakere District Court, the day after the incident, McGowan was sent to the Mason clinic, a specialist psychiatric facility.
His identity was kept secret so family in the UK could be informed about what had happened. Today Judge Timothy Brewer lifted that suppression, saying family were now aware and there would be no "extreme hardship" to the defendant should his name be made public.
McGowan, who is facing one charge of murder and one of attempted murder, was again remanded in custody to the Mason Clinic. He will remain there until his next court hearing in November, where the issue of his mental health at the time of the deaths will be discussed.