Psychiatric evaluation for murder suspect

2012-11-21 00:00

THE high court has decided that a man charged with the murder of Ashburton resident Bob Hudson-Bennett (61) must undergo further psychiatric evaluation.

So far, conflicting reports have been obtained from experts who examined Mzwakhe Mdlalose (19), and the court has ordered that he undergo a further period of observation at Fort Napier Hospital. This can only be done next year.

Allegations that Mdlalose may not be mentally fit to stand trial emerged last November when his relatives produced reports indicating that he suffers from “mild mental retardation” and had been treated for a mental ailment from 2007.

The case against Mdlalose and two others — Sandile Mncwabe (21) and Sphamandla Mkhize (22) — has now been postponed to April 11 of next year.

The trio are alleged to have been among a group of six robbers who killed Hudson-Bennett during a break-in at his home on the night of February 5 last year.

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