Dewani murder case postponed
Shrien Dewani's case was postponed while he undergoes further mental health treatment.
- National Prosecuting Authority
- National Prosecuting Authority NPA
- Anni Dewani
- Shrien Dewani
- Dewani murder trial
- Western Cape High Court
- Dewani extradition
- Anni Dewani hijacking in Gugulethu
- Dewani loses extradition appeal
- Western Cape High court in Cape Town
- Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe
- Francois van Zyl
- John Hlophe
- Nathi Ncube
Dewani was extradited from the United Kingdom last month, after a lengthy legal battle.
Anni was shot and killed in an alleged staged hijacking while the couple were on their honeymoon in Cape Town.
As Dewani made his appearance, his family were seated on a bench in front of him.
Shrien Dewani's family arrives at court on 12 May 2014. Picture: Regan Thaw/EWN
He sat wide-eyed in the dock and nervously turned his head whenever someone coughed loudly. He appeared to be on edge.
The 34-year-old British businessman's case was then postponed to 20 June.
Dewani's defence counsel Francois van Zyl told Judge John Hlophe that his client's mental health had improved and he has been cooperative with officials at the Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital, where he's been receiving treatment over the past four weeks.
Van Zyl requested the matter be postponed until 20 June to allow for Dewani to receive further medical help, so that he will be in a position to consult with his defence.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)'s Nathi Ncube said, "They are of the view that they will be able to consult with him between now and 20 June. That is important."
It's unclear at this stage when a trial date will be set.
Meanwhile, strict measures have been implemented to ensure that no photographs of the honeymoon murder accused are taken in court.
A policewoman searched every person entering the public gallery this morning.
Journalists were told that camera-enabled mobile devices had to be switched off when they took their seats.
When Hlophe entered the courtroom, he too reminded everyone that no photographs were allowed.
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