'Axe murderer' not mentally unstable, court told

2012-01-31 09:14

Durban - Former Blue Bulls rugby player Phindile Ntshongwana, who stands accused of axing three men to death, acted intentionally and was fit to stand trial, the KwaZulu-Natal High Court has heard.

The Times newspaper reported on Tuesday that witnesses testified that Ntshongwana, 34, who appeared in court on Monday, did not show any signs of mental instability during medical assessments.

Specialist psychiatrist Dr Soobian Moodley reportedly said: "Clearly, the alleged crimes were premeditated and deliberate and from my observation he could go on for a long time without relapse. Generally, it's very unusual for people with the condition to be aggressive and violent."

Ntshongwana's lawyers have argued he is unfit to stand trial as he suffers from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

He was also being treated for schizophrenia at the time of the murders but had failed to take his medication.

This was however also refuted in court by Dr John Dunn, a senior psychiatrist at Fort Napier Mental Hospital.

"The accused was able to follow proceedings and responded correctly to questions asked. From the consultation with him, nothing indicated that he was not aware of his actions. His behaviour was intentional."

He also reportedly told the court that in the event of a relapse as result of not taking his medication, Ntshongwana would still have known what he was doing.



  • John - 2012-01-31 09:24

    Ouch....Phindile Ntshongwana. What a great performance !!! bipolar disorder and schizophrenia?!...

      procold2 - 2012-01-31 09:37


      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-01-31 10:06

      so if he is not mentally unstable, why did he do it? You don't snap and hack three people to death for nothing.

      Jay - 2012-01-31 10:26

      Stop being so hasty, He is an ex Bulls player...............maybe we can use him at the Stormers ;)

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-31 12:45

      @ Jay: hahah pissoff lol

  • Sharon - 2012-01-31 09:34

    Death sentence......please...........

  • MrGuyT - 2012-01-31 09:37

    Lock him up and lose the key.. dont feed the beast

  • Shirley - 2012-01-31 09:42

    Let justice prevail! He should be executed!

  • Karabo - 2012-01-31 09:50

    Shame, he could not even fake it!

  • Thoka - 2012-01-31 10:02

    Sick!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Somebody please donate newspapers to President's home

  • Gerhard - 2012-01-31 10:34

    Give this man a Bells and a new axe and set him free again!

  • The-Azanian - 2012-01-31 10:49

    Just give the moron to the community or fill his a@@ with cocaine and ship him to peoples republic.

      John - 2012-02-02 07:59

      Thats a good one! But rather use parafine and tires, becouse we might loose him in a way to the airport. Phindile is more popular as killer than rugby player though.

  • Michele - 2012-01-31 12:28

    the truth will come out under cross examination.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-01-31 12:48

    Although I cannot comment on schizophrenia, Any state doctor will tell you that bipolar disorder affect how you feel but you are still 100% responsible for your actions.

  • Grant - 2012-01-31 13:28

    @maylani, my thoughts exactly. What sane man takes an axe to 3 men? @elbbie, I missed the report about Phindile's daughter being raped. Can you provide a link? Tks.

      Chris - 2012-01-31 13:57 It was reported that a survivor of the attack told authorities that the former rugby player had accused him of raping his daughter and infecting her with HIV. - 2012-01-31 22:27

      No evidence of the rape or even of a daughter as far as I can remember . Filmed the scene at the time and he did it openly. Could not have been sane at that moment that's for sure.

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