Psy­chi­a­trist says mur­der ac­cused fit to stand trial

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - FA­TIMA SCHROEDER

ONE of the men ac­cused of killing Stel­len­bosch Univer­sity grad­u­ate Carl Schoom­bie has been found fit to stand trial, it emerged in the West­ern Cape High Court yes­ter­day.

Although a for­mal psy­chi­atric re­port set­ting out the de­tails of the eval­u­a­tion of Juanne Ja­cobs was not ready to be sub­mit­ted yes­ter­day, his at­tor­ney told Judge Robert Hen­ney pri­vate psy­chi­a­trist Tu­viah Zabow had de­ter­mined his client was men­tally fit to stand trial.

It is the State’s case that Ja­cobs and his co-ac­cused, Brent Henry, fol­lowed Schoom­bie and three friends af­ter they left Tiger Tiger night­club in Clare­mont in an uber taxi in Novem­ber last year.

When they ar­rived in Ron­de­bosch, the men al­legedly pulled Schoom­bie out of the taxi and beat him up.

Schoom­bie, 27, was ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal in a coma, but died of head in­juries a few days later.

Henry was ar­rested shortly af­ter the mur­der and Ja­cobs was ar­rested in Joburg in Fe­bru­ary this year.

The pair have been charged with mur­der.

Henry is out on R1 000 bail but Ja­cobs aban­doned his ap­pli­ca­tion.

Schoom­bie’s death re­ceived wide­spread at­ten­tion in the me­dia. His brother Lee set up a Face­book page, called Jus­tice for Carl.

The trial was sup­posed to start next week, but was de­layed so Ja­cobs could be as­sessed by a psy­chi­a­trist while in prison.

In court yes­ter­day Judge Hen­ney heard the case was ready for trial.

A trial date was set for Fe­bru­ary 17. fa­tima.schroeder@inl.co.za

Carl Schoom­bie

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