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Alleged Beaufort West police cell murderer to undergo mental observation

Police told the public no one was allowed in the courtroom, including the media, for their own safety.

The man accused of killing an 18-year-old man in a Beaufort West police cell is appeared in court on 05 July, 2016. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The man accused of killing 18-year-old Gerdo Karelse in a Beaufort West police cell will undergo mental observation.

Zuko Mguqgunthu made a brief court appearance under heavy police guard.

Mguqgunthu is facing charges of murder and malicious damage to property after allegedly fatally attacking Karelse last week in a holding cell.

The community policing forum's Emily Hough says the case has been postponed to 5 August.

"He must go for observation and they are afraid because he was aggressive when he first appeared in court so that is why they were afraid for the safety of the community."

At the same time, large group of community members stood waiting outside the court after having been told they won't be allowed inside.

Police told the group no one has been allowed inside the courtroom, including the media, for their own safety.

One officer said the accused was dangerous and during his last court appearance was aggressive.

Several officers were inside and outside the courtroom.

Mguqgunthu reportedly ate some of Karelse's body parts and has been dubbed by some community members as "The Man-Eater".

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