An elderly man’s carer charged with manslaughter after he died from pneumonia in 2017 has been hit with another charge.
Art Rungtananan, 46, was arrested at a Marrickville home in July 2020, more than three years after 76-year-old Denis Habermann died.
He appeared via AVL in Sydney’s Central Local Court on Thursday where he was charged with refusing to provide necessities of life and endangering life between April 1, 2016 and June 15, 2017, court documents reveal.
Rungtananan was allegedly acting as the elderly man’s legal carer but through gross negligence or recklessness endangered his life or “accelerated his death”.
The Thai-Australian dual citizen was “a person who was under a legal duty to provide Denis Habermann with the necessities of life, and who, intentionally or recklessly failed to provide it”.
“The result of which failure caused a danger of death to Denis Habermann.”
He had already been charged with manslaughter shortly after his arrest in 2020.
The court earlier heard Rungtananan holds citizenship in Thailand and Australia, which do not share an extradition treaty.
Mr Habermann was found on the floor of a Marrickville unit in June 2017 and was unable to be revived, police say.
A post-mortem found the primary cause of death was pneumonia.
Magistrate Robert Williams advised Rungtananan on Thursday to consider his plea options before the next court date which was set down for March 18.