Axe case returns to court

2014-07-24 05:50
At the height of his rugby career, suspected axe-killer Joseph Ntshongwana played for the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup. Picture: Tertius Pickard / Gallo Images

At the height of his rugby career, suspected axe-killer Joseph Ntshongwana played for the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup. Picture: Tertius Pickard / Gallo Images

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Durban - The trial of former Blue Bulls' rugby player, Phindile Joseph Ntshongwana, who is accused of killing four people with an axe, is expected to resume in the Durban High Court on Thursday.

On Monday, Ntshongwana's mother, Phylina Letlaka, told the court the medication her son had taken for his mental illness had not led to an improvement.

Her son would be better for a few days, but then it was “always back to square one,” she told acting judge Irfaan Khalil.

Letlaka, a former advocate and retired law lecturer at the Mangosuthu University of Technology in uMlazi outside Durban and now in private practice as an attorney, said she had listened carefully when a psychiatrist called by the State, Dr Soobiah Moodley, testified last week.

She recalled he said the treatment that her son had been given had only stabilised his mood, it was not for fighting aggression.

The medication he was now on at Westville prison hospital was controlling the aggression, she said. She could now communicate with her son and he was talking sense.
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