Shrien Dewani to spend months in South African mental hospital
An Indian-origin British businessman, who is to be extradited to South Africa next week to stand trial over murder of his Indo-Swedish wife, could spend months in a psychiatric ward in the country.
London: An Indian-origin British businessman, who is to be extradited to South Africa next week to stand trial over the honeymoon murder of his Indo-Swedish wife, could spend months in a psychiatric ward in the country.
Shrien Dewani, 33, accused of hiring hitmen to murder his wife Anni in November 2010, had lost his long-drawn appeal against extradition last week.
The Bristol-based care home owner is expected to be on a flight Cape Town on April 7 and will be transferred directly to the Western Cape High Court.
He will then be taken to the infamous Ward 20 of Cape Town`s Valkenberg Hospital hospital where he will be held alongside murderers and rapists in as he is assessed for his fitness to stand trial, according to the `Daily Mirror`.
"This is Dewani`s worst nightmare. People in Ward 20 are being assessed as to whether they should stand trial or are insane while others are there permanently. It`s full of murderers and rapists. It will be like walking into hell for him," a source told the newspaper.
His initial assessment will be for 30 days but an agreement between the British and South African authorities will see Dewani returned to the UK in 18 months if deemed unfit to stand trial.
Details of what will happen to Dewani once he has touched down in Cape Town are contained in court documents.
At Dewani`s request, he would sleep in "a single occupancy room".
Prosecutors allege South African national Xolile Mngeni, who was later convicted of premeditated murder and jailed for life, had been hired by Dewani to kill his wife.
The legal battle to keep Dewani in the UK until he is well enough to travel has been ongoing since 2011.