Durban – In yet another twist, the trial of murder accused Christopher Sabbadu, 24, has again been delayed to allow for him to be mentally evaluated.
Sabbadu’s advocate, Dianne Franklin, made an application before Pietermaritzburg High Court Acting Judge Christo van Schalkwyk yesterday to have him sent to Fort Napier Hospital for 30 days’ mental observation.
Franklin told the court Sabbadu had told her he did not understand proceedings and could not follow what was going on. Franklin submitted that Sabbadu believed he might be suffering from some form of mild mental retardation.
Sabbadu’s father, Sorrin Sabbadu, under cross-examination by state advocate Frank van Heerden, said: “I know my son. He is not a learned person. There is something not right with his mind.”
The inquiry will investigate whether Sabbadu is fit to stand trial, has the capacity to understand court proceedings and is able to give his advocate proper instructions to conduct a proper defence.
The inquiry will also probe what Sabbadu’s state of mind was at the time of the murder and whether he was able to appreciate the wrongfulness of his actions at that time.
Sabbadu is charged with the grisly rape and murder of his petite, 19-year-old girlfriend.
Source: IOL – Crime
Fresh delays in alleged girlfriend killer’s case