Shrien Dewani attempts suicide – report

2011-02-22 09:51

London – Honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani has been hospitalised in his hometown of Bristol after an apparent suicide attempt.

British tabloid The Daily Mirror reported today that Dewani was taken to hospital after an overdose over the weekend.

A source told the newspaper that Dewani was found on Sunday afternoon.

“He had taken a load of pills and was rushed to hospital for emergency treatment. He’s okay now physically, but mentally he’s still suffering.”

A source at the hospital told another British tabloid, The Sun, that the suicide attempt was “very serious”.

Dewani’s concerned family members are said to be at his bedside, and he will now be receiving round-the-clock care.

Stable condition
Family spokesperson Max Clifford confirmed to the Mirror that Dewani was in hospital, but would not confirm whether he had tried to kill himself.

“Shrien has been suffering for some time.

His family and friends have been getting increasingly concerned about him.

“He doesn’t eat, he doesn’t sleep and has lost something like 15kg in the past two months.

He was taken to hospital on Sunday afternoon and doctors were concerned because he’s been getting weaker and weaker,” Clifford said.

Dewani is said to be in a stable condition.

He is accused of masterminding his wife Anni’s murder in Cape Town while they were in the city on their honeymoon.

South African authorities are seeking his extradition to stand trial for the murder. He is due to appear in court again on March 23, with his extradition hearing set for May 3.

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