Chumani Nqakula case: Accused has history of mental health problems

Carlos Higuera is accused of fatally stabbing Chumani Nqakula at the weekend.

Carlos Higuera in the dock at the Johannesburg Magistrates Court. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Lawyers for a man accused of killing the son of Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula have told the Johannesburg Magistrates Court that they don't want to continue with a formal bail application because they have discovered that he is mentally unstable.

Twenty-four-year old Carlos Higuera is accused of fatally stabbing Chumani Nqakula at the weekend.

It's been revealed at the Johannesburg Magistrates Court that Higuera has a long history of mental health problems.

His attorney Jabulani Maluleke says his family has provided medical records dating back to 2010 when he was admitted to the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital for three months.

He was then transferred to Tara Hospital and spent six months there before being diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Magistrate Albertus Roux told the defence he wants a family member to take the stand and verify this.

Higuera's father has told the court that his son started acting strangely after his mother and girlfriend passed away in one month in 2010.

The father is expected back on the witness stand later this afternoon.