NPA accused of infringing on Novella's right to a speedy trial
Diego Novella’s lawyer has accused the state of dragging its feet in his murder trial.
CAPE TOWN - A lawyer for a Guatemalan man accused of killing his girlfriend while on holiday in Cape Town has accused the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of infringing on his client's right to a fair trial.
He appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court yesterday for the first time since being admitted to Valkenberg Hospital for mental observation.
Novella's lawyer William Booth stressed it's important for the defence to have all information available to prepare for trial.
"That has to be completed now. You can't go on and on. The constitution says it, the Criminal Procedure Act says it, every accused is entitled to a speedy trial. Is it happening here? I have my concerns."
But prosecutor Louise Friester-Sampson has blamed Booth for the delays, saying he's asked for a number of postponements.
She's also argued providing the defence with all the evidence would compromise the state's case.