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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.

Comments
  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-08 13:36

    I dont think there was ever a dispute that he couldn't tell right from wrong, he knew all the time, and it was premeditated undoubtedly. The only question is what happened that pushed this man over the edge, must have been hectic.

      larisha.toffar - 2012-02-08 13:53

      I doubt it other wise he would have commit suicide but he did not so he only wanted to get rid of his family. Why just not walk away if you can't deal with life or your son being disabled. selfish &*#$@$%!

      Thelma - 2012-02-08 13:55

      Agree 100% with you.

      dumisiledee - 2012-02-08 15:05

      Nothing justifies what this animal did to his family. He's a sick man. How can you strangle not one but 2 people and not feel any remorse and then he attempts to commit suicide? if he wanted to die he would have been dead so clearly he didn't want to.

  • Kerry - 2012-02-08 13:52

    Stan you are NOT the man!

  • Makatikamusona - 2012-02-08 14:28

    This guy like any other Guy couldn’t bear watch his family endures pain, but taking other people’s life is just wrong coz he is not the one to decide when someone’s life should come to an end. What is done is done, and it can never be reversed and repentance would not bring the loved ones back. I would suggest we request the services of Dr Wouter Basson to put this guy to rest forever so his dreams could come true. He obviously wanted to kill himself too but did not have the gut to finish his mission. Thus my point of view

      dumisiledee - 2012-02-08 14:57

      I don't think he wanted to die because if he really did want to die he'd be dead, there's a lot of ways to make sure you die. I agree with your latter paragraph though.

  • dumisiledee - 2012-02-08 14:54

    Why isn't the death penalty brought back especially for this bastards that take away lives and rapes? How cruel can you be? Sies on this excuse of a human being

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