Murder accused schizophrenic, lawyer says

Jacqueline Le

A man accused of shooting his partner and leaving her for dead at a Melbourne hospital suffers from schizophrenia, his lawyer has told a court.

Qasim House, 33, appeared before Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday via video link charged with murdering Yen Ngo.

House was charged with murder a day after the 42-year-old woman was shot in the upstairs of a home, allegedly bundled into a car and dumped at Sunshine Hospital on November 23.

Ms Ngo died shortly after arriving at the hospital's emergency department.

Police alleged House fled the hospital, crashing into two other cars before stealing one of them while armed with a sawn-off shotgun.

The 33-year-old also faces robbery, attempted armed robbery and reckless conduct over those incidents.

His lawyer on Thursday said House is withdrawing from heroin and methamphetamine, and requires medication for schizophrenia.

"He has a significant mental health history, including a diagnosis of schizophrenia," Jasmine Pisasale told the court.

House will remain in custody and his case is due to return to court on April 26.