Inquest into mental patient’s death

2016-04-14 10:24
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Pietermaritzburg - Police are trying to determine if a patient killed at Fort Napier Hospital on Tuesday was murdered or was killed in self defence.

The man, who was admitted to the psychiatric hospital in 2002, allegedly became “frantic” and tried to attack a staff member in the hospital’s courtyard at about 4 pm on Tuesday.

The patient, Wonderboy Ndlovu, was declared a President’s Patient and was admitted to the institution after he murdered someone in Impendle in 2001.

The Mental Health Act 18 of 1973 defines a President’s Patient as a “person detained by order of any court of law or other competent authority at any place pending the signification of the decision of the state president”.

According to Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Mthokozisi Ngobese, during the attack on Tuesday, initial statements from witnesses say the staff member tried to push Ndlovu away when Ndlovu lost his balance and fell. It is believed Ndlovu’s head slammed against a “concrete structure” and he started gasping for air.

Ngobese said a nurse then took Ndlovu back to his room and a doctor was called to attend to his injuries.

“He [Ndlovu] was later certified dead,” Ngobese said.

An inquest docket has been opened and police took statements from witnesses to determine if there was any negligence involved.

“If negligence is proven, the charge will be changed to culpable homicide,” Ngobese said.

KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health spokesperson Sam Mkhwanazi yesterday said the department expresses its condolences to Ndlovu’s family and friends.

“… It is not government policy to comment on matters that are subject to police investigation,” Mkhwanazi said.


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