Dewani recovery 'could take years'

A psychiatrist says it could take a while before Shrien Dewani is strong enough to stand trial.

Shrien Dewani (R) arrives at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court sitting at Woolwich Crown Court in south London, on August 10, 2011. Picture: AFP

LONDON - It may be months or even years before honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani is well enough to be extradited to South Africa, to face trial.

He is accused of masterminding the murder of his bride, Anni, in Cape Town in 2010.

The case was adjourned yet again on Friday morning by a London court after hearing further psychiatric reports.

The hearing centred on the evidence of Dr Ian Coming, who had examined Dewani, on behalf of the South African government.

The court heard that a psychiatrist agreed with Dewani's doctors that his depression had improved now that he was being medicated, but his post-traumatic stress order remains severe.

He pointed out it was difficult to say how many months or years it would take for the 32-year-old to recover.

Dewani's own psychiatrist called for his bail condition to be relaxed so that he can be moved from the secure unit where he is being held to a quiet environment more conducive to his recovery.

The case has been adjourned for a week.

The Dewani allegedly masterminded his bride's murder during their honeymoon in Cape Town.

Dewani has denied any involvement in her murder.

Meanwhile, the alleged hitman is currently on trial in Cape Town.