The Knysna Magistrate's Court has ordered that a man accused of the murder of his mother, Anna Moss, should be sent to a district surgeon for observation.
Moss was last seen on 7 January, and hopes for her safe return were dashed when her mutilated remains were found in bushes between Alamein and Stroebel Streets in Hornlee.
Her son, Rolin, was later arrested. Police spokesperson Captain Malcolm Pojie said Rolin was arrested on 14 January at around 23:00, apparently with the assistance of neighbours who helped to look for him after he went on the run, following his mother's death.
The murder horrified the community of the popular Western Cape resort town, with pleas that he should not be released on bail.
National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said Rolin would be subjected to a preliminary mental evaluation to determine whether there is a need to refer him to Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital for a 30-day mental observation.
He is expected to appear in court again on Friday.
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