Hope Zinde's son to be sent for a psychiatric evaluation

2016-06-17 13:13
Hope Zinde memorial service programme (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

Hope Zinde memorial service programme (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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Johannesburg – The son of murdered TV personality Hope Zinde briefly appeared in the Brits Regional Court on Friday in connection with the murder of his mother, and will be required to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Mark Zinde, 23, was arrested last week in connection with his mother's death. Drugs were also allegedly found in his possession.

During his last appearance on Monday, the National Prosecuting Authority said he would now have a court application issued to assess his mental capacity.

On Friday, the matter was postponed to allow time for the psychiatric evaluation.

According to National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku, the matter had been postponed to July 18.

Hope Zinde's body was found in the boot of her Range Rover after a family friend went looking for her.

The friend allegedly saw Mark peeping through the curtains of their home at the estate.

According to police reports, the family friend had tried unsuccessfully since Wednesday to make contact with Mark Zinde, but he had refused to open the door.

He only opened the door when the police arrived. They then noticed bloody marks leading from the bathroom to the garage.

According to Hope Zinde's uncle Jackson Letshufi, who spoke to broadcaster ANN7, it was believed that some people either helped Mark or urged him to murder his mother.

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