Shrien Dewani's mental health has improved, court told
Bristol businessman Shrien Dewani, who is accused of murdering his wife on their honeymoon, is to apply to be treated on an open rehabilitation ward after an improvement in his mental health.
Dewani, 32, was previously diagnosed with depression and severe post-traumatic stress disorder.
The psychiatrist treating him, Dr Paul Cantrell told Westminster Magistrates' Court today that he wanted to see his bail conditions relaxed to help in his treatment and ensure his continued recovery.
Dewani, who is currently being held at Fromeside clinic, a secure mental health hospital in Bristol, denies ordering the murder of his wife Anni in South Africa in 2010.
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At Fromeside he is subject to a curfew and must be accompanied by staff when he leaves.
The hearing was told that a report by a psychiatrist employed by the South African authorities on Mr Dewani’s mental health has not yet been completed.
The report was requested after an earlier hearing at which Clare Montgomery QC told the court that Mr Dewani needed 12 months to recover from depression and PTSD before being able to deal with the extradition process.
Mrs Dewani, 28, from Sweden, was shot when a taxi in which the couple were travelling was hijacked in Cape Town's Gugulethu township during their honeymoon.
Taxi driver Zola Tongo, from Bothasig, Cape Town, has been jailed for 18 years for murder, kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances and perverting the course of justice.
He has claimed he was hired by Mr Dewani to arrange his wife's execution during a fake carjacking.
South African Mziwamadoda Qwabe has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to kidnapping, robbery, murder and illegal possession of a firearm.
Dewani's case was adjourned for a further hearing on October 2.
An application to vary his bail conditions may be heard on October 12.