Body parts murder | State says psychiatric evaluation could take time

Murder-accused Flavio Hlabangwane appeared briefly in the Protea magistrate's court. The 26-year-old is accused of killing a family member and dismembering her. He's being kept at Sun City's hospital section after attempting suicide twice. Silindelo Masikane brings us this report. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Flavio Hlabangwane will undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

His lawyer says there are times Hlabangwane speaks to him as though he's the deceased.   

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Body parts believed to belong to his cousin were found in Hlabangwane's room a few weeks ago.

His partner found legs and arms inside his freezer.

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A skull was recovered a few days later but the torso is still missing.

Meanwhile, the state says the assessment could take some time.

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"The process now is for the accused to get space in a mental institution and that could take up to 18 months in our experience," said NPA spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane.

The matter will be back in court on 28 January 2022.

* eNCA's Silindelo Masikane reports.


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