Shrien Dewani's mental health 'improving'

2012-09-18 14:58

London - The mental health of Shrien Dewani is improving, a British court heard Tuesday, in a development that could speed up his extradition to South Africa to face charges over his wife's murder.

Dewani, 32, is being treated at a secure mental hospital and claimed in July that he needed a year to be treated for depression before he could face extradition to South Africa over the death of his Swedish wife Anni in 2010.

But his psychiatrist now believes Dewani's mental health has "materially improved", a hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court heard on Tuesday.

"It is now to be described as moderate rather than severe," Hugo Keith, barrister for the South African government, told the court.

"He still suffers however from severe post traumatic stress disorder," he added.

Rehabilitation ward

Dewani, who denies any involvement in his wife's killing, was taken to a psychiatric hospital in April 2011 over fears he could commit suicide.

His 28-year-old wife was shot dead when the taxi she and Dewani were travelling in was hijacked in Cape Town's Gugulethu township.

Two Cape Town men have so far admitted their role in the murder and claim businessman Dewani orchestrated the killing.

Mziwamadoda Qwabe was jailed for 25 years and taxi driver Zola Tongo for 18 years, saying Dewani offered R15 000 to arrange the killing and make it look like a hijacking.

Dewani is currently being treated at a secure mental health facility in Bristol, southwest England, where he is subject to a curfew and must be accompanied by a member of staff when he goes out.

But his psychiatrist now believes Dewani's mental health is stable enough for him to move from the clinic to an open rehabilitation ward, Keith told the court.

The case was adjourned for a further hearing on October 2. An application to alter his bail conditions may be heard on October 12.

  • UncleShep - 2012-09-18 15:00


      ann.murray.9279 - 2012-09-18 15:37

      Just hurry up a bit lad - we want to see you answering questions in South Africa. The world needs to be rid of monsters of this ilk for good.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-18 15:49

      WOW!! One of these days he might even remember, how he had his wife killed !!!

      Lyndatjie - 2012-09-19 07:50

      I can't help but wondering if this isn't as a direct result of finding a corrolation between the court appointed psychiatrist AND the personal one his lawyer appointed.

  • Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-09-18 15:00

    Extradite him to South Africa to face trial. The worm is just using the pathetic Shabby Shaik trick to fool everybody.

  • john.loveland.9 - 2012-09-18 15:11

    Amazing the improvement in his health after it was revealed that his psychiatrist, and the psychiatrist acting for the state, are in bed together....

  • Jackie - 2012-09-18 15:16

    Eish I wish I had money like this guy, I would pay lawyers and get away with anything.

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-09-18 15:25

    while the prisoners in Sun city are still waiting for him, come Mr. Dewani you are taking too long - I really feel for Arnie's dad to get to travel between SA and UK just to hear how this clown has mudered her princess it must be heartbreaking.

  • gloudina.vermeulen - 2012-09-18 15:27

    pappa wag vi djou

      atholl.hay - 2012-09-18 16:44

      How did I just know that someone would post this? It's getting VERY tired now, meisie ...

  • sifiso.msimango - 2012-09-18 15:35

    this bastard must stop fooling us around, defacto he must be dragged like a dog to come face his evil deeds

  • Bob.Cee123 - 2012-09-18 16:00

    He is faking improvement from his fake illness just so he can fake a relapse again.

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-09-18 16:09

    get him ready,to face the noose.

  • gary.lyon.509 - 2012-09-18 16:15

    So the UK keeps Shrien Dewani from being extradited to South Africa to face charges for complicity in the murder of his wife, when there is evidence and charges have been laid, yet they can't wait to extradite Julian Assange to Sweden where he is wanted only for questioning and has received no formal charge. Sounds like "UK Justice" to me.

  • enlightened.bowman - 2012-09-18 17:06

    Better start your "stretching" excecises and getting that lube ready my man. You gonna get what you need for disgracing SA. That's the ANC's job

  • cathy.g.ingram - 2012-09-19 12:47

    What about the mental health of Anni's poor family, not having this case come to finality? My heart breaks for her Father when I see him sitting in court having to listen to what was done to his beautiful daughter.

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