True crime and trial opinions from a layman's perspective
The following are the terms of the order for referral:
The accused must present himself as an outpatient to the medical superintendant of the Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital.
Start date: May 26, 2014 at 9am
Every week day thereafter at such times as may be determined by the medical superintendant, or a person designated by the medical superintendant, for a period not exceeding 30 days at a time, as the court may (from time to time) determine.
The accused must remain at the Weskoppies Hospital until 4:00pm daily or until such time that he’s formally excused by the medical superintendant, or the person designated by the medical superintendant.
The following psychiatrists will be on the panel:
1. Dr. Leon Fine – on behalf of the Defense
2. Professor Herman Pretorius – on behalf of the Court
3. Professor Jonathan Scholtz – Clinical Psychologist
4. A psychiatrist appointed (by Weskoppies)
In terms of the provisions of Section 79, subsection 1B, the psychiatrists and psychologist must:
•Inquire in to whether the accused by reason of mental illness or mental defect was at the time of the commission of the offense criminally responsible for the offenses charged.
•Whether he was capable of appreciating the wrongfulness of his act or if acting in accordance with an appreciation of the wrongfulness of his act.
The appointed psychiatrists and psychologist shall submit their report compiled in terms of Section 79.3 – 79.5 of the act to the registrar of the court, as well as to the Director of Public Prosecutions and the accused as soon as it is completed.
The record of the court proceedings will be made available to the said psychiatrists and psychologist, should they regard it necessary to peruse some or any part thereof.
The matter will be postponed until June 30.