Tourist who stabbed wife at Ilikai to undergo more testing before trial


POSTED: Sunday, July 26, 2009
This story has been corrected. See below.

Question: What ever happened to the murder case of an elderly Canadian visitor accused of killing his 82-year-old wife by stabbing her more than 100 times in their Waikiki hotel room?

Answer: Honolulu police said Tadeusz Zygmunt “;Ted”; Jandura, 86, called them to a 13th floor Ilikai Hotel room on Feb. 25, 2007, and told them he killed his wife, Ingeborg.

His trial has been on hold since February last year after three court-appointed mental health experts told the court Jandura was not mentally fit to stand trial. At that time, Circuit Judge Richard Pollack ordered Jandura to be transferred to the Hawaii State Hospital for treatment from pretrial confinement at Oahu Community Correctional Center.

Pollack also ordered Jandura to undergo neurological and neuropsychological testing, then re-examination by the same three experts.

Two of the experts said Jandura is still not fit to stand trial. The third expert said Jandura is fit and is faking symptoms of dementia and post-traumatic-stress disorder to avoid prosecution. Jandura survived the Holocaust in his native Poland.

Psychologist Stephen E. Gainsley said both of Jandura's adult children reported that their father had been physically and emotionally abusive to their mother since they were children.

His daughter also said her father is smarter than most people.

“;He just plays stupid,”; she said. “;He's very crafty, very manipulative.”;

One of the other examiners said Jandura told him: “;He became enraged with his wife after she reportedly insinuated that he would be left with nothing upon their return to Canada as she reportedly had been placing money in secret accounts around the world and would be filing for divorce.”;

On Friday Klebert Jones, Jandura's treating psychiatrist at the Hawaii State Hospital, said regardless of whether Jandura is faking dementia and PTSD, he believes Jandura is not able to assist his lawyer in his legal defense and therefore is unfit to stand trial.

Senior Deputy Prosecutor Maurice Arrisgado said the state will either ask for new experts to examine Jandura or work out a plea agreement.

Jandura's lawyer, Richard Hoke, said his client would like to return to Poland if he is released from the State Hospital.


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        » Klebert Jones is accused murderer Tadeusz Zygmunt “;Ted”; Jandura's treating psychiatrist at the Hawaii State Hospital. A Page 6 article July 26 reported that Jones is Jandura's treating psychologist.