'Heart-eater' case back in court

By Drum Digital
28 April 2015

The Western Cape High Court is expected to receive feedback from a psychiatric investigation which will determine whether a Zimbabwean man who ate part of the heart of a man he killed is a danger to society.

On February 25, Judge Ashley Binns-Ward was to have sentenced convicted murderer Andrew Chimboza, 35, but instead ordered that he be "committed forthwith" to Valkenberg psychiatric hospital for observation.

Chimboza, a window tinter by trade, had been in a relationship with an unnamed woman, who had ended the relationship in order to start another with the victim, Mbuyiselo Manona.

Chimboza had tinted the windows of the woman's home, and had called at the house in June last year to check if she was happy with his work.

Manona answered Chimboza's knock on the door and a violent confrontation ensued.

Personality disorder

Binns-Ward said he had formed the view from psychiatric testimony that Chimboza had a personality disorder which made him a danger to others.

He said the former head of Valkenberg, Professor Tuviah Zabow, had testified that an in-depth investigation, involving a panel of psychiatrists, was needed to assess whether Chimboza was a danger to society.

If so, the court would declare Chimboza a dangerous criminal and impose an appropriate sentence, the judge said.

Defence counsel Yasmina Rajab said she had explained this to Chimboza, who wished to appoint Zabow as his personal psychiatrist to join the panel.

The judge said the inquiry would start as soon as there was a bed available for Chimboza.

While he waited for a bed, Chimboza would remain in custody, and would remain so during the observation period.

Source: News24wire.com

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