S.Africa honeymoon suspect hospitalised after overdose

15th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

A British court ruled Tuesday that a businessman accused of ordering his wife's murder while on honeymoon in South Africa should be taken to hospital after taking an overdose.

Lawyers for Shrien Dewani and the South African authorities, who are trying to extradite him to face trial, agreed that the 31-year-old should be admitted to the private Priory Hospital in Bristol, southwest England.

Dewani's legal team, who are fighting extradition, previously said he was suffering from acute stress disorder and depressive adjustment disorder.

The court heard at an earlier hearing that Dewani, while on bail, had been rushed to hospital on February 20 after swallowing a cocktail of 46 pills, including diazepam prescribed to treat anxiety and help him sleep.

A psychiatric report written after the incident said it was "unlikely he intended to kill himself on this occasion".

At Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in south-east London Tuesday, District Judge Howard Riddle ruled that Dewani must live and sleep at the private hospital, which specialises in treating mental health problems, from Wednesday.

He will remain subject to bail of £250,000 ($400,000, 290,000 euros) and strict conditions, including a curfew and the requirement that he report daily to a local police station.

Dewani appeared at the court hearing Tuesday but spoke only to confirm he understood the bail conditions.

His wife Anni, whose family live in Sweden, was shot and killed during a reported carjacking on the outskirts of Cape Town.

Zola Tongo, the driver of the taxi in which the young bride was travelling, said he was paid 1,500 rand (220 dollars) for his role in the murder.

He was sentenced to 18 years in jail after he turned state's witness and implicated Shrien Dewani in plotting to kill her.

Dewani denies any involvement.

© 2011 AFP

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