Jordan Fineanganofo charged with Steven Tougher’s murder
A 21-year-old man accused of stabbing a paramedic in a McDonald’s car park in south-west Sydney is in hospital with serious mental health problems, his lawyer says.
Jordan Fineanganofo did not appear at Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday morning because he was undergoing a psychiatric evaluation after being charged with the murder of 29-year-old paramedic Steven Tougher.
Fineanganofo’s family was not in court during the brief court hearing. His attorney, Javid Faiz, did not request bail, but it was officially denied.
After the court, Faiz of the Sydney Criminal Law Specialists said his client suffered from psychosis.
“He obviously understands the seriousness of the offence, I read him the allegations,” he said.
“He has a psychosis issue, he is currently in Long Bay Hospital.”
The alleged murder occurred after Tougher and a colleague pulled into the parking lot of McDonald’s on Queen Street in Campbelltown near the end of their shift on Friday, just before 5:30 a.m.
Tougher’s colleague managed to call 911 and alert emergency services during the alleged stabbing. Tougher was taken to Liverpool Hospital in an ambulance but later died.