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Dewani detained in secure hospital

Shrien Dewani has been detained in a secure mental health hospital, a court heard.

The British businessman accused of ordering his wife's murder on honeymoon in South Africa is being compulsorily held at Fromeside Clinic in Bristol under the Mental Health Act.

He is said to be suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder following the shooting of his bride, Anni Dewani, in Cape Town in November. South African authorities are seeking to extradite Dewani for his alleged part in the killing.

Although on bail, he will now be virtually imprisoned behind the locked doors, reinforced concrete walls and five-metre perimeter fence of the medium-secure hospital, City of Westminster Magistrates' Court in London heard.

"Security is effected by staff, he has no ability to leave," his lawyer, Julian Knowles, told the court during a brief hearing.

The 31-year-old Bristol care home owner was admitted to Fromeside after he was made to leave The Priory when, according to staff, his behaviour became disruptive and aggressive.

Mr Knowles indicated Dewani's legal team would fight the extradition request on the grounds of his poor mental health and prison conditions in South Africa.

He said: "If it was the case - it plainly is the case - that Mr Dewani is seriously mentally ill and he were sent back to a prison system that simply cannot cope with that level of mental illness, that is a violation of article 3 (of the European Convention of Human Rights, which prohibits inhuman or degrading treatment)."

District Judge Howard Riddle renewed Dewani's bail, agreeing that Fromeside's secure environment meant his electronic tag was no longer necessary. A full extradition hearing will begin on May 3 at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in south east London.

A Dewani family source said: "We're keen that Shrien gets the best treatment to allow him to recover as soon as possible so that his name can be cleared of all these false allegations."

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