On Friday, the Protea Magistrates Court allowed an appeal for murder suspect Flavio Hlabangwane to be sent to Sterkfontein Hospital for psychiatric evaluation.
The 26-year-old’s lawyer applied for a psychiatric evaluation after he attempted suicide twice. The application was not opposed by the state. “The basis of this application in a nutshell is that the accused is unable to fully instruct his attorney so as to make a proper defence,” said the magistrate in his ruling.
Human remains were discovered inside a refrigerator in Hlabangwane’s leased room in Protea Glen, Soweto, last month, prompting his arrest.
After he left the house to go shopping for food, his girlfriend discovered the grisly find and sought assistance from neighbours. Arms and legs were found in the refrigerator, according to reports.
Hlabangwane is charged with murder and contravening the Inquest Act for neglecting to disclose the deceased’s body to authorities when it was linked to the disappearance of a 23-year-old lady from Soshanguve, Tshwane.
During his most recent court appearances, the court ordered that Hlabangwane be kept in the Johannesburg Correctional Services hospital section because he may require medical attention and/or special care.
The case has been rescheduled for January 28th, 2022.