Murder accused Mark Zinde will be spending Christmas in jail. His case was postponed in the Vereeniging Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.
Zinde, 23, is facing a charge of assault for allegedly attacking his father, Dr Lesley Manoto, at their Walkerville home on November 6.
His lawyer, Francois Joubert, asked for the postponement because the defence was awaiting a referral letter from a psychiatrist. “We brought a psychiatrist here today who has suggested that Mark needs to be admitted into a psychiatric hospital, so the matter was postponed for a referral letter to be submitted,” he said.
Manoto left moments before the matter was heard and a new date set for December 29.
Before stepping into the dock, Zinde looked into the gallery and dropped his head in disappointment after realising none of his family was there.
The 23-year-old was released on R10 000 bail for allegedly killing his mother, Hope, a former SABC board member.
In the last court appearance for the assault, Joubert told the court that his client was abandoning his bail application pending the availability of an independent psychiatric report.
“We need our own independent report to rival the other report from Weskoppies. We believe it will change the whole scenario,” Joubert said.
Zinde was admitted to Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital where he was found fit to stand trial.
Joubert told the court that the defence would oppose a part of the psychiatric report which indicated that Zinde was capable of understanding court proceedings.
At the time of the alleged offence, the accused didn’t suffer from a mental disorder or mental defect that affected his ability to distinguish between the rightful and wrongful nature of his deeds, the report stated.
“That would be at the time the offence was committed because his mental health was in such a condition that he couldn’t be held responsible,” Joubert said.
The State opposed Zinde’s bail application in September, citing reasons of depression and mood swings.
The State said there was a likelihood that the accused would commit a schedule one offence and might also pose a danger to those around him.