Psych assessment for alleged killer of Maties graduate

2016-09-16 20:19
The Western Cape High Court in Cape Town. (Paul Herman, News24)

The Western Cape High Court in Cape Town. (Paul Herman, News24)

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Cape Town - One of the men accused of killing Stellenbosch University graduate Carl Schoombie will be assessed by a psychiatrist in prison, the Western Cape High Court heard on Friday.

Brent Henry and Juane Jacobs appeared in court for their pre-trial hearing, represented by lawyer Asghar Mia.

Mia said Jacobs' psychiatric assessment at Pollsmoor Prison would take place next Friday.

Judge Robert Henney wanted to know if he was properly referred in terms of the law.

He also wondered why this process was not concluded in a lower court.

"If this was done and there was a referral... we could have had a report by now," said Henney.

Mia said there had been various "stumbling blocks" at the prison.

He later added that the assessment had been canvassed with a previous pre-trial judge and accepted.

The intention had been to speed-up proceedings.

The State informed the court that the defence wanted their client to be seen by psychiatrist Zabow Tuviah to determine his mental state and see if he would be able to follow court proceedings.

Mia thanked the State for making arrangements for this.

The accused would return to court for another pre-trial conference on October 14.

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