Psychologist: Journalist’s killer a kind man

2009-12-16 10:51

GENEROUS and kind, this is how Patrick Malgas, the man accused of

stabbing journalist Shadi Rapitso to death was described by a clinical

psychologist during his formal bail application in the Johannesburg Regional

Court on Monday.

Clinical psychologist Kobus Truter handed a psychological report to

the court on behalf of the Malgas’s lawyer in which he said Malgas was not a

psychopath and a danger to society.

On October 23, the State alleges that Malgas dragged Rapitso from

her flat to his where he fatally stabbed her in the neck before stabbing himself

in the chest.

Truter said on the day of the alleged murder Malgas had apparently

gone out with Rapitso and they met a man at a garage (petrol station) who

greeted her. Later at his flat he allegedly confronted her accusing her of

cheating on him but she denied it saying “the man was a brother”.

A fight apparently ensued and he allegedly fatally stabbed Rapitso

in the neck and thereafter tried to commit suicide by stabbing himself on the

chest with a kitchen knife.

According to Truter, Malgas did not act intentionally but out of

impulse and anger when he stabbed her, adding that Malgas felt remorse for his

crime and wanted to apologise to the Rapitso family.

Malgas further claimed that Rapitso was his girlfriend and they

were going to get engaged to be married.

His lawyer said his client intended to enter into a plea bargain

with the State. However, the State disputed Malgas’s version of events on the

day Rapitso was murdered and said that Malgas had proposed to Rapitso who

rejected his advances.

The State opposed bail on the basis that the crime was premeditated

and Malgas is a danger to society and to himself.

Magistrate Paul du Plessis asked for an alternative address where

Malgas will be staying because he didn’t want him living near the Rapitsos who

will be called in as witnesses.

“I want to send someone first to see if there are people at the

address and if they want him (Malgas) to stay there,” said Du Plessis, who is

expected to make a decision on Thursday on whether to grant or deny Malgas


Elsie, Rapitso’s mother, said: “I will not be happy if he is

granted bail. What if he tries to kill himself or runs away.”


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