Dewani sent to mental hospital

2011-04-20 14:23

Lawyers say a British man accused of organising the murder of his wife during their South African honeymoon has been detained in a secure mental health hospital.

Defence lawyer Julian Knowles said today that Shrien Dewani was being held under the Mental Health Act at the Fromeside facility in Bristol, southwest England.

The hospital has locked doors, reinforced concrete walls and a five-metre-tall perimeter fence.

South African prosecutors accuse 31-year-old Dewani of hiring hit men to kill his wife, Anni.

She was found dead in an abandoned taxi in Cape Town in November.

He denies all charges and is fighting extradition.

His lawyers say Dewani is suffering from severe post-traumatic stress.

A full extradition hearing is due to begin May 3.

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