Zinde fails to con­vince court

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - TANKISO MAKHETHA

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.