Man allegedly failed to care for burns victim
A Sydney man accused of failing to provide proper care to an elderly relative who died several days after suffering serious burns will fight the allegations, a court has been told.
Jie Peng, 66, was arrested in March after a police investigation into the death of a 93-year-old man at Hornsby Hospital last year.
Paramedics were called to a Hornsby home, on Sydney’s upper north shore, on May 31 last year after the man was found unresponsive having suffered serious burns four days earlier.
He was rushed to hospital in a critical condition but died four days later.
After a lengthy police investigation under Strike Force Cubes, Mr Peng was in March charged with refusing to provide necessities of life likely to cause danger of death.
His lawyer indicated in Hornsby Local Court on Wednesday that Mr Peng would plead not guilty.
Defence solicitor Giordano Borzuola on Wednesday asked that a brief of evidence be served.
Outside court, Mr Peng reiterated to journalists that he was innocent.
The matter will return to court in May when a hearing date will be set.