Zinde fails to convince court
MARK Oarona Zinde’s bid to be readmitted to a psychiatric ward for further evaluation has been denied. Zinde, 23, appeared in the Brits Regional Court yesterday where he faces a charge of murder after being accused of killing his mother, former SABC board member and TV personality Hope Zinde, in June last year.
Magistrate Lourens Matthee said initially an application was made for the accused to be admitted into a psychiatric ward after it was believed he suffered from a mental illness.
He said the court cannot review its own decision after granting Zinde the opportunity to be evaluated. Zinde was referred to the hospital in August and it was found he was able to understand court proceedings and contribute to his defence.
Matthee described another medical expert, Dr John Weinkove’s, affidavit submitted by Zinde’s defence attorney, Francois Joubert, as “flimsy” and based on “hearsay” as the accused had already been evaluated by a team of four psychiatrists.
Joubert yesterday read into the court’s records Dr Weinkove’s findings. “I believe that Mr Zinde suffers from schizophrenia with predominant negative features… In view of his loss of social and academic function, I recommend that he have further investigations in the form of a CAT scan and EEG over 24 hours.”
However, State prosecutor Advocate Hanna Conradie opposed the application, arguing that a team of four psychiatrists, including Zinde’s psychiatrist, had already observed him to determine whether he has criminal capacity.
The State argued that the four doctors had substantial time to observe the accused and could have decided if a CAT scan and EEG needed to be performed on the accused. But they had opted not to do so.
The matter was postponed to February 21 for a high court date to be secured.