Shrien Dewani suffers relapse

2013-05-15 17:46

London - British businessman Shrien Dewani - wanted in South Africa in connection with the honeymoon murder of his wife - has suffered a mental health relapse, a London court heard today.

The British Press Association reported that Dewani, 33, was being treated at a hospital in Bristol for depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Last month, the Westminster Magistrate's Court heard that his condition had "improved significantly".

Dewani's 28-year-old wife Anni was shot when the taxi the couple were travelling in was hijacked in the Gugulethu township on the outskirts of Cape Town in November 2010.

On Wednesday, Clare Montgomery QC, for Dewani, said doctors had taken Dewani off the anti-anxiety medication which was helping him most with his condition, after a bad reaction.

"We may have taken one step back, having taken two steps forward," she said.

In view of Dewani's condition, he had been sectioned for a further 12 months under the Mental Health Act.

It also emerged on Wednesday that the defence made proposals last month for Dewani to make a voluntary return to South Africa, although the details of the offer were not discussed in court.

Under the government's current plans, if Dewani was extradited he would be assessed upon arrival for mental health issues.

If he was considered at risk, he would be taken to the psychiatric unit at Valkenberg Hospital in Cape Town, before being sent to Goodwood prison.

Hugo Keith QC, for the South African authorities, told the court they were happy for a defence expert to visit Valkenburg to assess its suitability.

He said he would need to take instructions on whether a similar inspection of Goodwood was possible.

Keith argued that the South Africans would "trip over their corporate toes" to make sure that Dewani receives the right psychiatric support if he was extradited.

Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle rejected a request from the defence to put back the full extradition hearing so an expert could visit Valkenberg in August.

"I am very, very reluctant to delay this case any further," he said.

The full extradition hearing was expected to start on 1 July.

  • Valkerie Koekemoer - 2013-05-15 17:50

    NO! Say it ain't so?! Of course he did, his day in court is nearing and he's scared to death of what'll happen to him in an SA jail.

      Lerato_Dee - 2013-05-15 17:54

      Mxm.....I just hope our justice system doesn't fail this on technicalities, this man deserve jail time

      Rodney Bevan - 2013-05-15 18:15

      Just in time too, he was almost on the plane! He must have been following Shaik and co. in the news, I guess he learned a thing or two.

      Candice van der Westhuizen - 2013-05-15 18:26

      As long as he continues to be diagnosed with PTSD and have "relapses", he will not have a day in court. He is a British citizen and someone with PTSD (among other psychological conditions) would not stand trial in the UK until if and when they were deemed mentally strong enough to do so. Therefore, the UK will not deport him to stand trial under conditions that they wouldn't try someone themselves. Diwani knows this.

      Walter Tgsa - 2013-05-15 18:50

      He seems to be able to play the 'sick card' whenever it is suitable to him (I wonder whether he also plays golf?). When he is still presumed innocent, I hope the government gets him here eventually to answer the charges against him!

      markt - 2013-05-15 18:54

      World War 1 trench warfare survivors did not experience such severe traumatic stress as dear old Dewani. Shame, he must be really sensitive.

      Gollum - 2013-05-15 22:00

      PTSD preventing him from facing justice??? From what I gather, he'll only be deported when he's happy with the idea

      Regte Boer - 2013-05-16 07:19

      The only way that Anni's family will get any justice is by hiring a hitman to take care of this coward. The liberal justice system in the UK and the incompetent system in SA will definitely fail them.

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-05-16 09:14

      Sadick Monareng. He plays the part beautifully, even you are being fooled.

      TheFith Element - 2013-05-16 09:33

      Sadick, you are as thick as a garden chair, my friend. Now go play outside and leave the forum for the adults. Go now, shoe shoe.

      Sanushin Pillay - 2013-05-16 09:43

      Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Sadick, I hear you, but really, this just seems like a desperate attempt to prolong proceedings.

      MallyGold - 2013-05-16 10:59

      Sadick: I think you want to confess something yourself. Go on, tell us what you have done!

  • Henry Van Der Vaartenburp - 2013-05-15 17:53

    Papa wag vir jou...

  • Ahava Shapiro - 2013-05-15 17:53

    Bring him to SA

  • Roger Hess - 2013-05-15 17:55

    Oh BS;.. relapse his @ss down here so he can stand trial!

  • Ingrid Moore - 2013-05-15 17:56

    This idiot comes to SA to do his crime. Now get your pathetic, sorry A@@ back here to bear the consequences

  • Democrazy - 2013-05-15 17:59

    Coward Yes? Come face the music - Chicken!!!!

  • Richard Scully - 2013-05-15 18:00

    He's like a Gupta!

      kimster - 2013-05-15 18:05

      lol maybe a guppie :))

      Ronald - 2013-05-15 19:19

      Shrien and Shabby Shaik are penpals. They share how to stay out of gaol and golf tips on Facebook.

      Kortbroek Du Plessis - 2013-05-16 06:47

      He has got Shaikilitus

  • Patricia Dewet - 2013-05-15 18:01

    So the English have a problem with human wrights that they do not like. If you do not give him to us keep him locked up in a mental institution for the next 20 years. Tell him that's it. Gay, not want to tell his family, have her killed and pretend to have lost the plot.

      Michelle Du Plooy - 2013-05-15 19:32

      you are absolutely correct - he should have come clean to his parents, it is not a shame who you love..........

  • Neo Rakgate - 2013-05-15 18:01

    There is nothing wrong with this guy he is just scared and he should be!!!!! I mean he thought he was gonna get away with murder not this time, you will face your judgement.

  • kimster - 2013-05-15 18:04

    shame not again - he's going to stay in the nuthouse forever just to jump south africa.

  • Sipho Mnguni - 2013-05-15 18:09

    Don't brace yourselves for his landing in our shores any time soon. This is a perfect delay tactic for him. And I am afraid to say he will milk it for all it worths. Next time after relapse some obscure so-called expert will come and tell the court that he is scared to come anywhere next to the airports. Some airportitis illness I suppose. You cannot drive all the way from England. It's impossible. Therefore, all charges are withdrawn permanently.

  • Mally Hodgskiss - 2013-05-15 18:09

    Ha ha brilliant

  • Ren - 2013-05-15 18:10

    Piece of s**t come face ur demons u dog!!!

      Androboff Preznev - 2013-05-15 18:24

      Ren I fully agree this piss of sh*t acting lunatic in order to avoid jail, wants special jail? should have thought about it before committing murder

  • Bongeka - 2013-05-15 18:12

    I don't think this guy's case in SA will ever see the light. His excuses will finally run out and I bet when that happens he'll commit suicide. Don't say I didn't warn you.

      Sheik Mohammad - 2013-05-15 19:34

      No pity, suicide threats should not delay his trial.

  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2013-05-15 18:15

    Aaaaah, another Shabir case. Send him to Bedlam; strip him of his wordly times and in no time he will be playing golf and calling his buddies (Jackie?) in SA.

  • Warren Carne - 2013-05-15 18:16

    Suprise suprise? I suppose get well soon...not!

  • Lynda Pitcher - 2013-05-15 18:16


  • Paul Lastrucci - 2013-05-15 18:22

    Now here is an ou that should be landing at Warta Kloef!!

  • TonyM - 2013-05-15 18:25

    Shrien should just pack and board the next flight to SA. He is loaded with £ and with a good defense team he could get away with murder on a technicality or make a plan with the NPA or Judge. Cash is king baba.

  • Ntutu Dlova - 2013-05-15 18:25

    anyone didn't see that one coming? This guy did his homework,he knew how to get away with it while the idiots are rotting in jail. God does work in mysterious ways,he will take care of him

  • Yugan Naidoo - 2013-05-15 18:34

    Poor Boy

  • Rejjn Sabastiann S - 2013-05-15 18:36

    In the long run he is actually doing us all a favor! Think about it... we are not paying for his medicals or his food or his orange uniform and we don't have to house him . He is doing this all at his own expense and eventually he will bankrupt his family hiding in private medical facilities . Refusing to face the music and living in a constant state of fear is actually a greater prison and longer sentence than any deserving Judge could hand down and by having no backbone and being a pathetic specimen ( apologies to lessor specimen) , he is perpetuating his "assumed guilt"!!! I say let him stay there, the horrid weather alone should depress him to such an extent that he chooses to take a jog into an oncoming big red bus .

      Zeenat Allie - 2013-05-15 18:59

      Absolutely spot on.

      Arthur Salvado - 2013-05-16 05:53

      He will soon disappear to India and one family palace. A red bus would be too good for this ........ rubbish

  • Richardnealejohn Neale Underwood - 2013-05-15 18:37

    shame So he had a relapse .....whose wife has he killed now ? Tell the bloody pommie fools that depression is no excuse send him hetre with a prescription for Valium for his court day , everyone has depression except his wife

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  • Christopher Mark V Lowe - 2013-05-15 18:46

    Oh shame. Poor baby!

  • sayitasitis - 2013-05-15 18:53

    Come we waiting for you

  • Davy Botha - 2013-05-15 18:57

    If you got money you play the system

  • Prince Kgwale - 2013-05-15 18:57

    Bring that fool hear!

  • Prince Kgwale - 2013-05-15 18:57

    Bring that bloody fool here!

  • patrick.masseyhicks - 2013-05-15 18:58

    How convenient. How long can he use this to delay things? His future husband is waiting for him for their own special honeymoon here in SA.

  • anele.mveku - 2013-05-15 19:03

    Delaying the inevitable.

  • Lindy Jeffery - 2013-05-15 19:13

    WHY ARE WE NOT SURPRISED,!! Of course he suffers a relapse! Woes!!

  • hetty.oliver - 2013-05-15 19:18

    ABSOLUTE HOGWASH!!!! My thoughts are with Annie's family who cannot find closure until all guilty parties have been tried.

  • Sheik Mohammad - 2013-05-15 19:28

    This Indian is playing the British Government like a fiddle. Surprised he's not terminal..................oooooops, sorry, forgot, he has no friends in this Government.

  • Janet Jenkerson - 2013-05-15 19:33

    Oh please!!!! So well timed - He has got to be nominated for the 'Oscar's' - what a jerk.

  • Anne Munro - 2013-05-15 19:36

    He will continue having these "relapses" in order not to return to SA.

  • deon.duplessis.144 - 2013-05-15 19:44

    oh how convenient. What a chop!!!

  • Gruffalo Bill - 2013-05-15 19:48

    Our human rights activists have got things really screwd up you kill and you are protected from the law as in Diwani case what about the rights of the dead ,o sorry human rights are not for them they are dead.

  • Moss Kop - 2013-05-15 19:58

    He will suffer for the rest of his life. Taking away a life of a young woman for his sellfish ends.

  • Andrew Van Niekerk - 2013-05-15 20:05

    Off with his head!

  • Leaproach TheKeeper - 2013-05-15 20:12

    This guy is playing like a yoyo.....and they say it only happens in ol 'Osci for instance.

  • DjBas - 2013-05-15 20:13

    He really scarred the countries reputation in our world cup days of glory. Assh@ole

  • thozi - 2013-05-15 20:14

    I pray everyday for this gentleman's complete recovery. We desperately need him here in SA to assist in a little matter of... shall we say murder?

  • thozi - 2013-05-15 20:26

    Oh by the way, how's Oscar doing... not yet affected by depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? I guess not.. he's a tough cookie that one.

  • Patricia Dewet - 2013-05-15 20:34

    What relapse, nothing wrong with him, when he here South Africa, all of a sudden he is in a bad state. Get him here and let us get him into jail Pretending is better than to face the truth.

  • Pol Sec - 2013-05-15 21:21

    This farce has gone on too long.

  • Kusturi Bissondut - 2013-05-15 21:22

    How convenient? He's stupid do they think we are? He needs to be extradited to SA soon or this will always be his tactic. An innocent life was lost..he needs to answer and give Annie's family some closure. Stop paying people to do URLs dirty job!

  • Kusturi Bissondut - 2013-05-15 21:23

    How convenient? He's stupid do they think we are? He needs to be extradited to SA soon or this will always be his tactic. An innocent life was lost..he needs to answer and give Annie's family some closure. Stop paying people to do URLs dirty job!

  • Kim Enslin - 2013-05-15 22:30

    Another crazy one! Seriously how come other countries can get their justice systems in place but Rsa can't???? Get him here and sentence him! If it was reversed, the South African would be in a foreign jail ages ago.... Why because he's British can RSA not get it done and dusted already????

  • Arthur Salvado - 2013-05-16 05:51

    Take this subject off the news. This criminal will never set foot in a south African court of law. Maybe he is very well connected to other important families (?). Did he not have a high profile wedding or honeymoon or something ? And then he had his bride killed. Scumbag