A MYRTLEFORD man facing 27 charges over a siege at the weekend has been remanded in custody for psychiatric assessment.
Heath Reeve, 39, was due to face Wangaratta Magistrates Court yesterday morning.
But his solicitor Trish Devlin said he was unfit to give instructions.
Ms Devlin advised magistrate Paul Smith that she tried to get instructions from him on Tuesday afternoon and yesterday morning without success.
Mr Smith adjourned the charges until March 6 and noted that Reeve appeared to be suffering from acute psychosis.
An order was made for Reeve to be taken to the Melbourne Assessment Prison.
The charges include threatening to shoot a police officer and throwing a knife at an officer.
It is alleged that Reeve held a woman hostage during a 10-hour siege.
Police were called to a Lawrence Street house about 8pm on Sunday after an altercation between a man and woman known to each other.
Threats were allegedly made when a policeman arrived.
There was a threat about shooting him and glass was thrown.
More police arrived from Wangaratta and Bright, along with the Critical Incident Response Team from Melbourne.
Officers were able to get a woman, 51, out safely.
It is alleged a knife was thrown at another police officer during the siege which ended about 6.20am on Monday.