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Court told of Dewani Priory threat

Shrien Dewani was kicked out of The Priory Hospital after threatening to punch a member of staff, a court has heard.

The British businessman accused of ordering the murder of his wife on honeymoon in South Africa also threw a cushion at the employee and and shouted in the face of another member of staff, it emerged.

The 31-year-old was on bail at the Bristol hospital pending extradition proceedings but police were called in following his disruptive behaviour over the weekend and staff at the Priory asked for him to be removed.

He appeared at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court in London, where District Judge Howard Riddle renewed his bail.

Dewani, who is said to be suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder, was transferred to Cygnet Hospital Kewstoke, a low secure mental health hospital in Somerset, on Monday.

He is now awaiting a mental health assessment and transferral to Bristol's Fromeside Clinic, a medium secure NHS hospital where he would be under supervision 24 hours a day.

Hugo Keith QC, representing the South African authorities, read out a statement from a staff nurse at The Priory detailing Dewani's "volatile" conduct.

He said: "She reports that ... he had never been fully compliant, he complained a lot. He has shouted at staff and been aggressive towards them. When staff went to speak to him he repeatedly slammed his door, then barricaded himself in and started to throw the contents of his room around."

Shouting and swearing, he also yelled in the face of a member of staff and "intimidated" her, the court heard. "(He) later threw a cushion at a member of staff and threatened to punch her," the report said.

Police were called in on Sunday to deal with Dewani, who had been alternately shouting and crying and even claiming he would rather be in Wandsworth Prison.


From Belfast Telegraph