‘e.tv criminal’ in custody pending psychiatric observation

2010-02-18 13:10

A MAN who allegedly threatened to “rob and kill” tourists in an

e.tv broadcast was remanded in custody by the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court

today pending a psychiatric report.

Evans Tsietse Radebe will remain in prison until a bed can be found

in the Sterkfontein Hospital, where he will undergo psychiatric

observation.

“You must go to a hospital for examination by psychiatrists to

determine if you are fit to stand trial,” magistrate Albertus Roux told Radebe,

adding that the period of observation would be 30 days.

During Radebe’s previous appearance on February 11, Roux expressed

concern that Radebe would spend an undue amount of time waiting for a bed.

Radebe had asked for bail to avoid being imprisoned until a bed

became available. This was denied.

Afterwards Radebe, who told the court he was a schizophrenic

receiving treatment, said he was hearing voices and was unable to sleep because

of his lack of medication.

His need for medication was one of his motivations for wanting

bail.

Roux told Radebe he would make a note on his detention warrant

indicating that he needed treatment.

“I will make sure the prison authorities attend to your needs,” he

said.

Radebe will reappear in court on March 18.


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