Man found naked to fight murder charge

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A 24-year-old man who was found naked and disorientated after allegedly murdering a woman he didn’t know in Munster will face trial.

Jesse John de Beaux is accused of killing Cara Hales, 30, at her Munster property in December last year.

A review of procedures at Graylands Hospital was ordered after de Beaux, a voluntary patient, reportedly left the facility the day before the fatal stabbing.

North Metropolitan Health Service chief executive Robyn Lawrence would not comment on the case, but said day leave and community reintegration were part of a voluntary patient’s clinical management plan.

Cara Hales. Photo: Facebook

Police notification was only required if there was a clinical risk to a voluntary patient or others, Dr Lawrence said.

“A thorough psychological assessment to determine a patient’s risk to themselves and others is undertaken before a patient is granted leave or discharged by the treating mental health assessment team,” she said in a statement in January.

De Beaux entered a not guilty plea in Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court on Wednesday and will make his first Supreme Court appearance on January 20.