Dewani's mental state ‘deteriorating’

The Westminster Magistrate’s Court in London postponed his extradition hearing to July.

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

LONDON - Honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani's mental state had deteriorated, a London court heard on Wednesday.

The 32-year-old is accused of masterminding the murder of his bride Anni in Cape Town back in November 2010.

Dewani is fighting his extradition to South Africa to stand trial.

On Wednesday, the Westminster Magistrate's Court postponed his extradition hearing to July.

Dewani's brother and father sat behind him in court as his legal team told the district judge his mental condition was getting worse.

The court heard that doctors had to withdraw one of medications he was taking due to the side effects and because of his relapse.

The court also heard that the British businessman, who insists he had nothing to do with his wife's murder, was going to hand himself over to South Africa voluntarily in the future.

But this was subject to a list of criteria.

In a further development, it was revealed a British forensic psychiatrist visited South Africa to independently outline the conditions.