Patient kills man at North West hospital

2012-07-26 08:38

Johannesburg - A Zeerust Hospital patient was killed on Wednesday morning when he was attacked, allegedly by another patient, North West police said.

The 43-year-old struck three men, aged 68, 75 and 90, on their heads with a steel drawer he had removed from a cabinet. The 90-year-old died from severe head injuries, Captain Adle Myburgh said.

Myburgh said the crime was committed in the early hours of the morning.

Provincial health department spokesperson Tebogo Lekgethwane said Zeerust Hospital was a "normal" hospital that catered for patients with normal illnesses.

However, it had holding rooms in which mentally ill patients could be kept until they were sent to psychiatric hospitals.

Lekgethwane said the attacker was admitted on Sunday.

"He was only complaining about abdominal pains, and showing signs of depression. Now that he committed this act, we can conclude that he was [a] psychiatric [patient]."

After the attack the patient was sedated and placed under police guard. A doctor recommended that he be transferred to Bophelo Psychiatric Hospital in Mahikeng, Lekgethwane said.

Myburgh said police were investigating cases of murder and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Lekgethwane said: "[This] is a very unique event. We are saddened by this. The matter will be thoroughly investigated."

  • nokuthandwa - 2012-07-26 09:04

    Now that he committed this act, we can conclude that he was [a] psychiatric [patient].

      pierrefrewd.juice - 2012-07-26 09:08

      funny. takes a while, but eventually they get it.

  • Jane - 2012-07-26 09:21

    In all fairness, if someone comes into a hospital complaining about abdominal pains, one wouldn't assume he is mentally ill. There was no way of knowing he was going to attack anyone, still very sad the the man who died

      pierrefrewd.juice - 2012-07-26 09:25

      he also complained about depression

      zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-07-26 10:52

      @Jane I find it strange that you believe this people. The will say anything to save their @sses. I for one don't beleive a thing they are saying. They knew the guy was mental but just too lazy to do their jobs. Now someone is dead they are trying to save face. Look at their government and it's cronies!!!

  • xinyeketi.hanenge - 2012-07-26 09:25

    government hospitals are no longer safe this days, i'de rather die at home than going to hospital and got killed by another patient

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-07-26 09:47

    I'd like to see a photo of the real hospital. I bet it looks nothing like the stock photo.

      merven.halo - 2012-07-26 11:22

      No, the table will be without a drawer.

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