Expert: ‘Killer aware of his deeds’

2010-10-08 00:00

A SPECIALIST psychiatrist testifying for the state, told the high court in Pietermaritzburg yesterday that he believes a Newcastle man charged with stabbing his brother’s drug supplier to death in 2007 “was aware of what he was doing and fully appreciated the wrongfulness of his actions” at the time.

Dr S.V. Moodley’s opinion differs from expert psychiatric evidence presented to the court on behalf of the defence.

Specialist psychiatrist Dr Rousslan Savov and clinical pyschologist Professor Lourens Schlebusch concluded that the accused, Yousuf Randaree (28), had been acting in a state of “automatism” or “emotional storm” at the time he stabbed the dealer, Simphiwe Mlotshwa, about 20 times with a large chef’s knife, cutting the palm of his own hand in the process.

He subsequently suffered from “dissociative amnesia”.

Their view was supported to a lesser degree by Dr Maria Dobreva.

Randeree and his brothers, Saeed and Basheer, have pleaded not guilty before Judge Achmat Jappie and two assessors to Mlotshwa’s murder.

The state alleges the three men formed a common purpose to kill Mlotshwa after finding out that Saeed was a crack cocaine addict and that Mlotshwa supplied him with drugs.

It is alleged the brothers persuaded Saeed to contact Mlotshwa to arrange a meeting, picked him up in their vehicle and attacked him with weapons, included a baton, a wooden pole and a knife, killing him.

In their testimony the brothers denied they planned to kill Mlotshwa.

They maintained that their plan to persuade Mlotshwa to stop supplying Saeed with drugs while he received treatment went wrong after Mlotshwa allegedly produced a knife.

Basheer Randeree said Mlotshwa had chased after Saeed with the knife.

He (Basheer) gave chase and Mlotshwa fell down. When he reached him, Mlotshwa lunged at him with the knife and he struck out at him with a baton but missed. At that point his brother, Yousuf, started to “wrestle” with Mlotshwa for the knife and he saw him stab Mlotshwa.

He pulled him off Mlotshwa.

Afterwards Basheer said he told Yousuf to tell police they were victims of a hijacking.

Witnesses testified that Saeed Randeree had been in a “hysterical” state, sobbing and crying at the scene.

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