Man accused of murdering father

A 42-year-old Perth man is being sent to a maximum-security psychiatric ward for assessment after he allegedly murdered his elderly father and tried to kill his mother.

Nigel Chaytor was charged on Saturday after Keith Chaytor, 72, was fatally injured and Estelle Chaytor, 72, was seriously injured at their Kelmscott home.

He appeared in Northbridge Magistrates Court on Sunday with an arm and hand heavily bandaged, and will be sent to Graylands Hospital's Frankland Centre ahead of a court appearance next month.