The former Eagles and Blue Bulls rugby player accused of three axe murders will be examined by a district surgeon to see if he should be sent for psychological evaluation.
Joseph Ntshiongwana appeared in court in Durban on Thursday and it emerged during his appearance that he has a history of mental disturbance.
He was arrested earlier this week after an axe and bloodied clothes were found in his possession.
The investigating officer is now in possession of a psychologist’s report and the court will try to determine if he is fit to stand trial.
If not, he can be declared a state psychiatric patient until his condition improves. A man who escaped the attacks claimed the suspect accused him of raping his daughter and infecting her with HIV.
Police spokesperson Gerard Labuschagne said that he does not even have a daughter.
“That statement is a complete fabrication on his side,” he said.
Police said there is no way the axe murders were driven by revenge and have blamed Ntshiongwana’s allegedly evil nature for his actions.
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