Nqakula murder suspect not fit to stand trial - defence

2015-11-04 15:55
Chumani Nqakula. (Picture via Facebook)

Chumani Nqakula. (Picture via Facebook)

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Johannesburg - Carlos Higuera was alleged to have changed his schizophrenia medication two days before the fatal stabbing of Chumani Nqakula, the son of Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.

Higuera is accused of the murder.

Higuera's father, George, said his son's mental illness began in 2010 after his mother and girlfriend died in the same month.

He started taking medication a short while later and had since been treated in hospitals and medical facilities.

Jabulani Maluleke for Higuera told the court that they were abandoning the bail application and were instead requesting that the court refer him to a mental clinic for observation.

"I am of the view that my client needs help. He needs to be referred to a mental institution so that he can be assessed," said Maluleke.

"He is not fit to stand trial at this time," he said.

Magistrate Albertus Roux on Wednesday requested that Higuera's father submit all his son's documents by next Friday in order for him to be referred to a mental facility.

Pending the receipt of these documents, Higuera will be kept in the medical facility of the prison where he is currently being held.

He will be separated from other prisoners.

Higuera, dressed in a big brown jacket, told Roux he understood everything that was being communicated to him.

He is due to return to court on November 13.

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