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Suspect of murder of refrigerated body parts undergoes mental evaluation

The case against a Soweto man who allegedly kept the body parts of his female murder victim in his refrigerator has been postponed until March 18 for a full mental evaluation.

Murder suspect Flavio Hlabangwane was admitted to the Sterkfontein psychiatric facility in mid-January, following a request from the defense team to undergo mental observation.

The state did not oppose the application.

The Protea Magistrates court granted the injunction after hearing evidence that Hlabangwane attempted suicide twice since his arrest, after body parts were discovered in a refrigerator in his rented back room.

“The court must determine that at the time of committing the alleged offence, Hlabangwane did not suffer from any mental illness or intellectual disability that prevented him from realizing the wrongfulness of his act that constituted a criminal offence,” the spokesperson said. NPA Regional Spokesperson-Gauteng Vanir-exodus Division Phindi Mjonondwane.

“The report will help the court as it is expected to contain a unanimous finding of the accused’s mental state,” Mjonondwane added.

The court wants to know whether Hlabangwane has the mental capacity to estimate the magnitude of his actions in committing the alleged offence.

But in the event that the finding is not unanimous, each specialist (psychiatrist, psychologist) will present his findings about his mental state.

Hlabangwane’s girlfriend discovered the dismembered parts in his refrigerator last November.

He had left the property to go to the shops to buy food and she called for help from neighbors after the horrific find

An off-duty police officer staying at Protea Glen had responded to the crime incident and called for backup.

A few days later, a human skull was found buried in a shallow grave next to the R558 towards Westonaria.

The discovery of the skull has been linked to the body parts found in Hlabangwane’s refrigerator.

compiled by Narissa Subramoney

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