Dewani ‘told to leave clinic after threatening nurse’
Honeymoon murder suspect must be confined to mental hospital, says judge
SHRIEN DEWANI, the man who South African authorities accuse of organising the murder of his wife Anni last November, was asked to leave a clinic where he was being treated after threatening a nurse and a fellow patient, an extradition hearing has been told.
Dewani was said to be receiving treatment for post traumatic stress disorder at The Priory in Bristol, but in a statement by a staff nurse read out at Westminster Magistrates court, it was alleged that "his behaviour is volatile" and "he has never been fully compliant and complains a lot".
Police were called to The Priory after Dewani threatened to hit a nurse and then punched a door. He reportedly said he would rather be in Wandsworth Prison than at the clinic. Dewani was arrested for criminal damage, but charges were dropped and the Priory asked him to leave.
Dewani is now at Cygnet Hospital Kewstoke, where he is awaiting a mental health assessment and transfer to the Fromeside Clinic, a medium security NHS hospital.
South African authorities want the millionaire to stand trial in Cape Town, where they believe he paid a taxi driver to arrange the murder of his wife Anni and make it look like a carjacking gone wrong.
At yesterday's extradition hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court, Judge Howard Riddle ruled that Dewani's recent behaviour was not sufficiently serious to deprive him of bail, saying: "He is at best erratic and difficult to control. I have confidence he will behave himself in the next few days."
However, as a condition of his bail, Dewani must be confined to either Fromeside or Kewstoke hospitals. ·
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