Man who hacked his relatives to death is a dagga user with no history of mental illness, court told

2013-04-10 00:00

THE 28-year-old man who allegedly hacked two of his relatives to death and attacked a stranger in an unrelated incident is a dagga user with no history of mental illness, a court heard yesterday.

Dumisani Mtshali will be sent for a mental assessment ahead of his appearance for a formal bail application in the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court next week.

Mtshali allegedly attacked his father, Joseph Mdletshe (59), and his grandmother, Lubani Mdletshe (89), with a bush knife on the eve of Good Friday.

He then allegedly walked about two kilometres to the Shozi homestead, wearing only his underwear, where he attacked Bhekokwakhe Shozi (64).

Shozi, who claims not to know the accused, was allegedly able to block a blow aimed for his head.

He sustained injuries to his arm, but has been discharged from hospital.

Mtshali’s lawyer told the court yesterday that she had difficulty engaging with her client and requested that he be assessed mentally.

Mtshali’s sister, Philisiwe Mthembu (36), told the court that she did not know whether her brother was on harder drugs, but said he was a dagga smoker.

Her brother did not have a history of mental illness.

The state has indicated it will oppose bail.

Zama Cele, one of the community members who came to show her support for the Mdletshe family, said the community did not want Mtshali out on bail.

“People are angry and if he is released, people are bound to take the law into their own hands,” she said.

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