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Honeymoon murder suspect sectioned in psychiatric hospital

Honeymoon murder suspect sectioned in psychiatric hospital

Shrien Dewani, the British businessman accused of ordering his wife’s murder on honeymoon in South Africa, is being compulsorily held at a psychiatric unit under the Mental Health Act.

He had been staying at the The Priory hospital in Bristol but was thrown out following a series of aggressive outbursts.

The 31-year-old millionaire has been moved to a medium-security unit at the nearby Fromeside Clinic in Bristol, where he will be held in a room with reinforced concrete walls and five-metre perimeter fence.

His legal team claim he is suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder following the shooting of his bride, Anni Dewani, in Cape Town in November.

At a hearing at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court, his lawyer, Julian Knowles, said: “Security is effected by staff, he has no ability to leave.”


The South African government wants him to return to Cape Town to stand trial in connection with the murder of his wife Anni.

His lawyer Julian Knowles said he would fight this extradition on the grounds of his poor mental health and prison conditions in South Africa.

He said: “If it was the case - it plainly is the case - that Mr Dewani is seriously mentally ill and he were sent back to a prison system that simply cannot cope with that level of mental illness, that is a violation of article 3 (of the European Convention of Human Rights, which prohibits inhuman or degrading treatment).”

District Judge Howard Riddle has renewed Dewani’s £250,000 bail, agreeing that Fromeside’s secure environment meant his electronic tag was no longer necessary.

A full extradition hearing will begin on May 3 at Belmarsh Magistrates’ Court in south east London.