‘Axe murderer’ fit for trial – report

2012-01-31 07:14

Former Blue Bulls rugby player Phindile Ntshongwana, who stands accused of axing three men to death, acted intentionally and was fit to stand trial, the Kwa-Zulu Natal High Court in Durban has heard.

The Times newspaper reported today that witnesses testified that Ntshongwana (34) who appeared in court yesterday, did not show any signs of mental instability during medical assessments.

Specialist psychiatrist Dr Soobian Moodley reportedly said: “Clearly, the alleged crimes were premeditated and deliberate and from my observation he could go on for a long time without relapse. Generally, it’s very unusual for people with the condition to be aggressive and violent.”

Ntshongwana’s lawyers have argued he is unfit to stand trial as he suffers from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

He was also being treated for schizophrenia at the time of the murders but had failed to take his medication.

This was however, also refuted in court by Dr John Dunn, a senior psychiatrist at Fort Napier Mental Hospital.

“The accused was able to follow proceedings and responded correctly to questions asked. From the consultation with him, nothing indicated that he was not aware of his actions. His behaviour was intentional.”

He also reportedly told the court that in the event of a relapse as result of not taking his medication, Ntshongwana would still have known what he was doing.

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