'Axe murderer' not mentally unstable, court told
Durban - 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 KwaZulu-Natal High
Court has heard.
The Times newspaper reported on Tuesday that witnesses testified that
Ntshongwana, 34, who appeared in court on Monday, 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