Axe murders: Accused not mentally ill

The man's family says they never imagined he was capable of committing such a crime.

The man's family says they never imagined he was capable of committing such a crime.  Picture: stock.xchng

JOHANNESBURG - The family of a man accused of killing his grandmother and two other relatives with an axe in Orange Farm say they never imagined he was capable of committing such a crime.

The 25-year-old man appeared in the Vereeniging Regional Court on Tuesday where he was told he will be admitted for psychiatric observation soon.

But his family maintains he has no mental problems.

The man's uncle says he confessed to all the charges at a previous court appearance because he's fully aware of his actions.

"He's not mentally sick but he's guilty. He even admitted to it and he should get two life sentences because he took away our family members and they will not come back."

Meanwhile, the 25-year-old is still waiting to undergo psychiatric observation.

Tests can only begin once he has secured a bed in the Sterkfontein Psychiatric Hospital.

He's number 69 on the waiting list.