Dros rapist fit to stand trial despite suicide attempts and depression

Dros rapist fit to stand trial despite suicide attempts and depression

The man accused of raping a 7-year-old girl in a Pretoria Dros has been declared fit to stand trail. The Pretoria Magistrate's Court made the ruling during a brief appearance earlier today.

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The man facing charges after raping a seven-year-old girl in a Dros restaurant in Pretoria has been declared fit to stand trial.

This follows a brief appearance today at the Pretoria Magistrate's Court. The accused had been admitted to Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital in Pretoria, where he had undergone numerous evaluations.

The matter has now been postponed to the 5th of March 2019, when he will be appearing in the Pretoria High Court.

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The mans attorney, Riaan du Plessis, had previously told the court that there had been a history of mental illness in the accused's family.

Briefly.co.za had reported that the man had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder in January 2013 and had a history of substance abuse.

According to the attorney, a psychiatrist had advised him that the accused had harmed himself:

“My instructions are that they were indeed suicide attempts from the accused because of severe depression,”

In light of this, the court had ordered that the suspect be evaluated for mental capacity for a period of 30 days. The man cannot be named until he has pleaded and has been in custody since September last year when the incident had occurred.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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