Psychiatric defence in incest case

2011-01-21 00:00

HIGH Court Judge Kevin Swain yesterday refused to grant bail to the branch commander of Mtunzini’s police station, Lieutenant-Colonel Emily Zodwa Zulu (39), who is charged with shooting dead her sister-in-law and attempting to murder two other family members in Nongoma on September 13 last year.

According to her own admissions during one of her earlier bail applications, the incident was sparked by her husband’s revelation that he’d had “sexual relations” with his sister, causing her to realise why she’d had an “unhappy life” for the past seven years. Despite indicating that she would admit shooting her sister-in-law Cwebile Zulu, Zulu said she will plead not guilty to the charges of murder and attempted murder.

Advocate Dawid Joubert submitted it seems likely she will raise a psychiatric defence.

Judge Swain ruled that Zulu had not shown the existence of exceptional circumstances warranting her release on bail.

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