More tests for Ntshongwana

2011-04-15 07:04

Alleged axe murderer Joseph Ntshongwana will spend the next month undergoing further psychiatric observation to assess if he is fit to stand trial on three murder charges and a further charge of attempted murder and assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm.

Yesterday, Ntshongwana, who has been held at the hospital wing of Westville Prison, appeared briefly in the Durban Magistrates Court.

Although a district surgeon’s report found him fit to stand trial, his legal team challenged this and requested that magistrate Anne Govender sent him for a full, 30-day assessment, before taking a decision.

She agreed and he will be closely assessed until the next court appearance on May 13.

Ntshongwana is accused of attacking and killing three men with an axe in the south Durban area in late March and of attacking two other men who escaped. He may also be charged with rape and kidnapping following an attack on a woman in the north beach area in December last year.

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