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Court to be updated on Dewani's mental health

If Shrien Dewani doesn't stand trial in 18 months, he will be sent back to England.

Honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani is expected to appear in the Western Cape High court today to face charges in connection with his wife's murder.

His wife Anni was shot dead in an alleged staged hijacking in Gugulethu while the couple were in Cape Town on their honeymoon in 2010.

Three other men are already serving lengthy jail terms for their roles in the murder.

Dewani was extradited to South Africa from the United Kingdom in April and is being held at the Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital in Pinelands.

Dewani is said to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.

This will be his third appearance in a South African court since his extradition.

Dewani's legal team's likely to update the court on the state of his mental health when the British businessman returns to the dock.

During his previous court appearance, Dewani's lawyer told the court that his client struggled to hold his concentration for more than 30 minutes at a time, making it difficult for his legal team to consult with him.

But at the same time, he also said his client's condition was improving.

Prosecutors have a limited time to try Dewani - if he doesn't stand trial within 18 months, he will have to be sent home.

Meanwhile, recent photographs published by a British newspaper show a smiling Dewani enjoying a walk around the facility's grounds, sparking a flurry of speculation about his condition.

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