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Honeymoon murder accused at Priory

A British businessman accused of ordering his wife's murder on honeymoon in South Africa has been sent to the Priory Hospital after taking an overdose of pills.

Shrien Dewani, 31, had been on bail at his family home in Bristol but the South African authorities, who want to extradite him, asked that he be taken into custody after what was thought to be a suicide attempt last month.

Lawyers for both sides agreed however that the care home owner, who is said to be suffering from severe post-traumatic stress syndrome, should be admitted to the Priory Hospital Bristol.

He remains subject to a £250,000 bail and strict conditions including a curfew and the requirement that he report daily to a local police station.

A psychiatric report by Professor Nigel Eastman, written after the overdose, suggested it was "unlikely he intended to kill himself on this occasion".

District Judge Howard Riddle ruled that from Wednesday morning, Dewani must live and sleep at the private hospital, which specialises in treating mental health problems.

The young businessman, who appeared more alert than at his previous hearing at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in south-east London, spoke only to confirm that he understood the conditions on which he had been bailed.

The court heard on February 24 that Dewani was rushed to Bristol Royal Infirmary by ambulance when his sister dialled 999 on February 20. She had discovered him collapsed in his bedroom after swallowing a cocktail of 46 pills, including diazepam prescribed to counter anxiety and help him sleep.

The South African authorities want to put Dewani on trial over allegations he ordered the killing of his bride Anni Dewani, 28, in Cape Town last November. Mrs Dewani, from Sweden, was shot when a cab the couple were travelling in was hijacked in the Gugulethu township.

Dewani denies arranging a hit on his wife.


From Belfast Telegraph