Dewani overdosed on tranquillisers - report

Johannesburg - Honeymoon murder-accused Shrien Dewani took an overdose of tranquillisers to deal with the death of his wife, the Saturday Star reported.

He reportedly took the pills because he struggled to sleep due to flashbacks and nightmares.

This was published in a report from the Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital which was handed over to the Western Cape High Court on Friday.

Dewani was declared fit to stand trial despite being tearful and distressed, reporting panic attacks and being startled by "sudden ambient noises".

Clinical depression

According to the psychiatric report there were no signs he suffered from clinical depression.

He was not receiving any medication besides occasional tranquillisers to help him sleep.

Dewani would appear in court on 9 September for a formal pre-trial hearing and his trial would start on 6 October.

His wife, Anni, was shot dead in Gugulethu on 13 November 2010, in an apparent staged hijacking as the couple was on honeymoon.

Key witnesses convicted of the crime have implicated Dewani in the attack.

He was extradited from Britain to South Africa in April where he was charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances, murder, kidnapping, and defeating the ends of justice.

On The Edge 2014/08/16 02:11:49 PM
Put him on trial, find him guilty as sin and stick him as far as possible inside one of our notorius C-Max prisons...
Jorgylyn Companiados 2014/08/16 02:24:36 PM
put hin and oscar p-torius in the same jail...
Athena 2014/08/16 02:34:43 PM
He is indeed suffering PTSD. People think that having someone murdered before your very eyes is easy, like on TV or Grand Theft Auto. The reality of seeing a human being die violently is, in fact, extremely traumatic, unless you are a psychopath.I don't believe he is a psychopath, just a weak spoiled child. I do believe he would now classify having your wife bumped off as a seriously bad idea.
Cheslin White 2014/08/16 02:36:41 PM
Gerrie, Gerrie, Gerrie
Mickey Meji 2014/08/16 03:06:41 PM
Seriously? These guys have money to throw around and claim being victims after victimizing others. If he is not guilty then why does he not just get this trial over and done with so all can move on? #isayheisguilty
Helen Sanya 2014/08/16 03:44:46 PM
That's what happens when you have your wife killed.
graphanex2008 2014/08/16 03:46:39 PM
If he meant to kill himself, he'd have ingested more than he did. Just a smoke screen.
Louise Barlow 2014/08/16 03:49:06 PM
So happy he is going to have to face the court, RIP beautiful girl
Nadene Campbell 2014/08/16 04:04:42 PM
Oh please. ..just do us all a favour and succeed next time!
Thembisa Kom 2014/08/16 04:07:38 PM
he must rot in jail