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Guatemalan murder accused to undergo mental observation

Diego Novella, accused of killing his American girlfriend, is currently being held at Pollsmoor Prison.

Picture: Earlier this month, His lawyer requested that he be placed in a single cell, but because Pollsmoor does not have any. Siyabonga Sesant/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A Guatemalan man who is accused of killing his American girlfriend in the Mother City, has been ordered to undergo mental observation at Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital.

Diego Novella appeared in the Cape Town Magistrates Court earlier today.

He was arrested after the body of Gabriella Alban was found at the Camps Bay Retreat Hotel last month.

His lawyer William Booth says the case will resume at the end of September.

"At the end of that 30-day period we have to have certain reports dealing with his mental state at the time of the incident and obviously presently."

The accused is currently being held at Pollsmoor Prison.