Shrien Dewani can only concentrate for 30 minutes, court told

2014-05-12 11:26

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Murder-accused Shrien Dewani’s condition is improving but he can only concentrate for 30 minutes at a time, the Western Cape High Court heard this morning.

Meanwhile, prosecuting authorities said they were ready to put him on trial.

The Briton’s (33) case – for the murder of his wife, Anni (28), in Cape Town – was postponed to June 20.

He will remain at the Valkenberg psychiatric hospital until then for further treatment for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Speaking on the steps outside court, National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Nathi Mncube told journalists that prosecutors were ready for the trial to begin and that they hoped to set a trial date at the next appearance.

He said they supported Dewani receiving all the treatment he needed, so as to avoid delays during the trial.

Judge John Hlophe told journalists that no cellphones or photographs would be allowed inside the court room. “No one is allowed to take pictures for as long as I sit in this chair,” he said.

Dewani’s parents, Shila and Prakash, and brother Preyen, were seen at the court this morning. They have also visited him at Valkenberg over the past few weeks.

Dewani was last month formally charged on five counts related to the murder of Anni, after an extradition battle that lasted nearly four years.

Anni was killed during their honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010.

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