An elderly man accused of murdering his ex-wife's new partner in western Sydney has not applied for bail, as a court heard he will need the assistance of a Cantonese interpreter to speak to police.
The language barrier had prevented police from obtaining Thanh Tran's consent to carry out a forensic procedure, Liverpool Local Court heard on Friday.
Tran, 75, has been charged with the murder of Pok Min Fah, 59, following an alleged axe attack in Cabramatta West on Thursday evening.
Police were called to Sydney Luker Road at about 8.45pm after reports of a car crash and two men fighting.
Tran is accused of hitting Mr Fah with his car before striking him with the axe.
Mr Fah died at the scene. Tran was charged with murder on Friday following his release from Liverpool Hospital, where he was treated for an unrelated medical condition.
In court documents, Tran's address was listed as a unit on John Street in Cabramatta, which runs adjacent to Sydney Luker Road.
Tran did not appear in Liverpool Local Court on Friday, where prosecutor Ricky Franks revealed police needed the assistance of a Cantonese interpreter to explain and obtain Tran's consent to carry out a forensic procedure.
The magistrate agreed to adjourn the matter until May 13, when Tran will appear in court via video link.
Mr Tran's solicitor did not apply for bail on his client's behalf.
"We're asking for the usual timetable," Mr Fung said.