Soweto body parts suspect referred to a mental institution
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The case against 26-year-old Flavio Hlabangwane has been postponed to January 28th, 2022, for the accused to be admitted to a mental institution.
The murder accused was found with female body parts in his fridge in Protea Glen ext 28, Soweto, last month. The discovery was made by his girlfriend.
The court heard how Hlabangwane tried to commit suicide twice, the first time being upon the discovery of the body parts at his Protea Glen home and the second being after his arrest earlier in November.
National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane said the defence brought an application in terms of section 77 of the Criminal Procedure Act - citing that they are unable to take instructions from their client, “and they are of the view that their client may be incapable of understanding the proceedings.
“As the NPA, we did not oppose such an application as we believe it is in the interest of justice that the court should satisfy itself that the accused person before (the) court will be in a condition to understand the court proceedings and therefore can make a proper defence.
“And secondly that the accused person before (the) court, at the time he committed the alleged offence could fully comprehend and appreciate the wrongfulness of his actions,” she added