A High Court jury has been told Antonie Dixon was a violent
man with a P habit who was claiming he was insane to try to
avoid imprisonment for murder.
Crown prosecutor Simon Moore told the jury at the High Court
in Auckland that Dixon was not insane but had a severe
personality disorder, which did not fit the legal definition
of a disease of the mind.
Mr Moore was summing up the crown case against Dixon, 40, who
faces eight charges relating to incidents that occurred in
The charges relate to an attack with a samurai sword on Renee
Gunbie and Simonne Butler at Pipiroa near Thames, and the
fatal shooting of James Te Aute in Auckland.
Dixon was found guilty in 2005 of eight charges, including
murder and causing grievous bodily harm, but the Court of
Appeal later ordered a second trial, suppressing its reasons
for quashing the original verdicts.
Mr Moore said that for Dixon to be found not guilty due to
insanity, his counsel has to prove it was probable that he
had a disease of the mind.
However, he said the psychiatrists who gave evidence at the
trial, including those who testified on Dixon's behalf, had
not done enough to show it was probable he had such a
All said that his severe personality disorder and his use of
methamphetamine made an assessment of his state of mind
complicated, Mr Moore said.
He also told the jury that all the psychiatrists found he had
feigned some symptoms.
"This showed the accused was prepared to lie, to manipulate,
to make up symptoms to make himself look as mad as he
possibly can. Everything as far as the accused was concerned
was an act, and those psychiatrists were his audience," Mr
"The problem is that by lying like this he makes it
impossible for those trying to assess him to know where the
Mr Moore said there were numerous pieces of evidence to
suggest Dixon solely had a severe personality disorder. He
said Dixon had a history of violence, paranoia and
"All this is consistent with man with severe personality
disorder who's been like this all his life - a violent and
angry man. This is his personality, this is what he is.
"It's not a disease of the mind because it's his personality
and you can't change it. Each of us has a personality, Mr
Dixon just happens to have a severe personality disorder."
He said Dixon's use of methamphetamine, or P, brought out
violence, aggression and paranoia, but that Dixon knew what
he was doing during his spree of violence.
Mr Moore said that it was difficult to accept Dixon's claim
that his shooting of James Te Aute was in self-defence.
He said Mr Te Aute was shot 10 times in the back while trying
to get away from Dixon once the accused presented a machine
gun, and that Dixon's own words suggested he knew the victim
had turned around when he chose to shoot him.
Mr Moore also said there was little evidence of provocation,
and that even if the jury found there was, the evidence
suggested he never lost the power of self control as he
remained calm throughout.
Dixon's lawyer Barry Hart is expected to begin summing up on
his behalf tomorrow.