Honeymoon murder accused sent to Priory
Wednesday 16 March 2011
A British businessman accused of arranging his new bride's murder on honeymoon was ordered to move to a psychiatric hospital under near-constant surveillance yesterday.
Shrien Dewani, who is fighting extradition to South Africa, appeared at Belmarsh magistrates' court in south-east London, a bearded, dishevelled figure in a blue top and grey tracksuit bottoms.
The 31-year-old, pictured, stared ahead from the dock as lawyers discussed a variation to bail conditions to transfer him from his home in Bristol to the nearby Priory hospital.
Mr Dewani, who is said to be suffering from severe post-traumatic stress and depression, was found by his sister on 20 February having collapsed from an overdose of 46 pills.
A psychiatric report by Professor Nigel Eastman, said: "It's unlikely he intended to kill himself."
Yesterday, District Judge Howard Riddle ordered that Mr Dewani must live and sleep at the private mental health hospital. He remains subject to £250,000 bail and strict conditions, including a curfew.
The South African authorities want to put Mr Dewani on trial over allegations he ordered the killing of his bride Anni Dewani, 28, in Cape Town last November. He denies any involvement in her death.
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