Launceston Supreme Court jury to consider insanity defence of son who attacked dad with axe

A jury will need to decide whether a man was insane when he attacked his father with an axe earlier this year.

The 20-year-old is standing trial in the Launceston Supreme Court, having pleaded not guilty to grievous bodily harm on Friday.

Defence lawyer Evan Hughes said the jury would hear expert opinion evidence that “strongly supports the defence position”, which is that the man was “not guilty by reason of insanity”.

The trial is expected to run before Justice Robert Pearce until at least Tuesday.