Family murder accused fit to stand trial

2012-02-08 12:30
Johannesburg - A man who allegedly murdered his wife and disabled son in the Johannesburg suburb of Linden is fit to stand trial, according to a report on Wednesday.

Ben Engelbrecht, 51, allegedly used scarves to strangle his wife Ina, 49, and his wheelchair-bound son Kobus, 21, at the family's home in May 2011, before he tried to commit suicide.

According to a psychiatric report, compiled by two psychiatrists who observed Engelbrecht at Sterkfontein Hospital, he was morally capable of understanding wrongdoing at the time of the incident, and could have decided not to commit a crime, Beeld newspaper reported.

According to the report Engelbrecht was not suicidal, and showed no signs of having a mental illness or depression. Engelbrecht faces two murder charges.

The case was transferred from the Johannesburg district court to the high court on Tuesday.

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