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Dewani's mental health to be scrutinised

The court will today seek to establish whether Shrien Dewani is fit to stand trial in October.

FILE:The court will today seek to establish whether Dewani is fit to stand trial in October. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - Honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani is back in court this morning, where a final decision is expected on his mental health.

The state brought an application to test Dewani's state of mind in June.

The British businessman is accused of hiring hit men to kill his wife Anni during their honeymoon in Cape Town in 2010.

Anni's body was found in an abandoned car in Khayelitsha following an apparent staged hijacking.

Dewani is accused of paying three men to kill her, which he has vehemently denied.

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

The court will today seek to establish whether Dewani is fit to stand trial in October.

Judge John Hlophe will be handed a report compiled by a panel of experts, tasked with determining whether he is mentally fit to plead.

Two contradictory findings on Dewani's mental health were submitted to the Judge in June.

A doctor based at Valkenberg hospital concluded Dewani was not depressed.

However, a private psychiatrist held a different view and diagnosed him with panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and a mood disorder.

Dewani was extradited from the United Kingdom to South Africa in April.

The state has only 16 months to bring him to trial or he'll be sent back to Britain.

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