Brother unaware he stabbed a dealer

2010-10-05 00:00

ACCORDING to a clinical pyschologist, Professor Lourens Schlebusch, a Newcastle murder accused, Yousuf Randeree (28) was unable to appreciate the wrongfulness of his actions when he stabbed an alleged drug supplier to death on March 19,2007.

Randeree and his two brothers, Saeed (26) and Basheer (23) have pleaded not guilty to murdering Simphiwe Mlotshwa who was stabbed at least twenty times, allegedly by Yousuf Randeree.

The court heard the three brothers had met with Mlotshwa, to warn him not to supply drugs to Saeed Randeree, who was a cocaine addict.

In a report handed to Judge Achmat Jappie and two assessors yesterday, Professor Schlebusch concluded at the time of the stabbing Yousuf Randeree could not have behaved otherwise of his own free choice and that he suffered from a “dissociative disorder that impeded his sense of awareness and consciousness”.

Schlebusch said he did not believe Randeree would be a danger to anyone in future.

“During the detailed history I took he confirmed that he was shocked to realise what had occurred. He confirmed he did not plan the alleged offence... that he had no premeditated intention to kill anyone and explained that he could not account for his conduct at the time”.

He said Randeree reported “significant stress build up” before the incident and on that day. “The patient realised that his younger brother had become dependent on drugs... and his family made arrangements for his treatment.

The patient took control of his brother’s cellphone top stop the drug dealer from communicate with his brother. On the day of the alleged offence, the deceased was trying to sell drugs (crack cocaine) to his younger brother, phoning more than fifteen times.”

On the day in question he and his brother met with Mlotshwa to tell him Saeed was going for treatment and he should stop calling.

“An argument ensued and the deceased (Mlotshwa) attacked the accused with a chef’s knife. The accused sustained severe lacerations to his hand and in an attempt to defend himself he pulled the knife from the deceased’s hand and stabbed him. He cannot remember how many times he stabbed him. He then threw the knife away and drove away with his younger brother. They saw a police car and told the officer it was a hijacking. The patient was then taken to hospital. The patient’s (Yousuf Randeree) last memory is holding the knife and his next memory thereafter is being admitted to hospital.” The case is proceeding.

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