Patient goes ‘berserk’

2011-09-21 00:00

THE FAMILY of a deceased patient has opened a case of murder against King Edward Hospital staff, claiming he had died as a result of a beating at their hands.

The deceased, Kenneth Mtshali (49), was in turn accused of murdering an elderly woman when he allegedly went “berserk” and randomly assaulted staff and patients at the hospital with an iron.

Mtshali was admitted to the hospital and was apparently being treated for HIV when the incident occurred.

Department of Health spokesperson Chris Maxon said Mtshali “went berserk” and used an iron to beat up the other patients.

“From what we are hearing, he repeatedly hit an elderly woman with an iron.

“She subsequently died.

“The aggressor, a large and strong man, had to be physically restrained by security and hospital staff.

“He too died shortly afterwards,” said Maxon.

He added that the allegations cannot be confirmed until the results of post-mortems from both bodies are received.

Mtshali’s brother, Phillip, was distraught, claiming that the staff at the hospital murdered his brother, who is the father of a seven-year old girl.

“When he called me he sounded so scared and by the time I got there it was too late.” He said his brother was a sane man.

“I demand to know exactly what happened; it is unlike him to want to hurt anyone,” he added.

Police spokesperson Vincent Mdunge confirmed the incident and said the family of the aggressor want to sue the hospital, whom they blame for his death.

Mdunge said, “The two patients were apparently murdered, but I cannot provide further details.”

He said Mtshali’s body was found in the hospital with strangulation marks and several bruises.

Two murder dockets were opened. Hospital management could not immediately be reached for comment.

The elderly woman who died cannot be named because her family have not yet been informed.










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