Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Dewani. Fear of suicide no excuse to stop extradition...

Here is an interesting case and may help South African lawyers handling the Anni Dewani murder...in fact Ian Griffin seems to be suffering from the same 'cronic illness ' as Dewani...it sort of comes and goes when the word 'court hearing' is mentioned...or 'extradition'....please read the full account of the court case at link provided.

  1. His account is bizarre but it is obvious that there is a strong prima facie case that he was responsible for Kinga Legg's death. The EAW was issued on 29 May 2009. Following its execution on 1 June 2009 he was brought before the City of Westminster Magistrates Court and remanded in custody. He was found to be unfit to attend court due to his mental state and on 27 August 2009 was transferred to Langdon Hospital in Dawlish pursuant to section 48 of the Mental Health Act 2003 under the care of Dr Parker, a consultant forensic psychiatrist.
  2. There was a perceived risk of self harm and of suicide. I shall have to refer to his report in more detail in due course, but Dr Parker's diagnosis was that he was suffering from a depressive illness. His condition was exacerbated by withdrawal from alcohol and benzodiazepine dependence. The claimant asserted that he was suffering from bipolar affective disorder or schizophrenia, but Dr Parker disagreed and found no evidence of psychosis.
  3. On 2 February 2010 Dr Parker recommended that the claimant be transferred back to prison where he felt the risks of self harm and suicide would be properly managed. He was transferred to Wandsworth Prison on 12 March 2010 where he was in the care of the Mental Health Inreach Team. Dr Parker believed he was fit to attend court but he was refusing to engage with treatment which would ameliorate his distress. He tended to put on symptoms when he knew he was being observed and so it was not easy to know the true extent of his illness. But he was unlikely to improve so long as court proceedings were not brought to a conclusion.